Bayfield County Historical Society

Local Societies and Museums

The following historical organizations and museums are chapter members of the Bayfield County Historical Society (BCHS), an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Chapter memberships include membership in the Bayfield County Historical Society and receipt of the organization’s newsletter, “HISTORICAL HAPPENINGS”.

The Bayfield County Historical Society maintains a research collection relevant to general county history, and a small research archive containing information about county schools.

Access is by appointment.

Barnes Area Historical Association

Sharing the history of the Barnes Area through education and preservation, the museum exhibits feature pioneer settlements and early life.
The exhibits also highlight logging, resorts, and early businesses, fishing and wildlife, and notable residents including Gordon MacQuarrie.
The museum is located at the corner of County Hwy. N and Lake Road.

Museum is open Summers Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 3 pm

Fall Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm Or by appointment

Contact: Florence Prickett at 715-795-2145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cable/Namakagon Area Historical Society

Located in a 1905 potato warehouse featuring tourism and Anishinaabe history of the Cable and Namakagon area.

Carol Elliker
PO Box 102  Cable, WI  54821

Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum

13405 Spruce Street
Cable, WI  54821

Museum Open Memorial weekend - Labor Day
Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 3 pm

Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum

Features fishing industry history of this Lake Superior waterfront community located on Hwy.13 near Lake Superior.

Cornucopia Museum

Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum

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Eleanor Chernoff
PO Box 275
Cornucopia WI  54827

At the Cornucopia Harbor
PO Box 206
Cornucopia WI  54827

Museum Open June 20 - Labor Day
Thurs - Sun
Noon - 4 p.m.

Drummond Historical Society

Maintained by the Drummond Area Historical Society, the museum depicts the boom era of logging and lumbering of the stately virgin white pine.

Karen Watters
10235 Whispering Pine Rd
Drummond, WI  54832

Drummond Historical Museum
14990 Superior Street
Drummond, WI  54832

Museum Open all year excluding major holidays.
Open Tues, Wed, Fri 10 am - 5 pm
Thurs 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 9 am - 1 pm
Closed Sun and Mon.

Eileen Area Historical Society

Organized in 2004 to celebrate the Town of Eileen Centennial and preserve the rural farming history of the area.
EAHS meets  at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, generally on the third Tuesday of each month.
All are welcome.

Kathleen Setzke
64495 Setzke Rd.
Ashland, WI 54806

Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center
29270 Cty Hwy G
Ashland, WI 54806

Mason Area Historical Society

This restored Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, & Omaha Railway Depot is a museum maintained by the Mason Area Historical Society.  The museum contains exhibits relating to the railroad, the White River Lumber Company, local businesses, military, schools, and pioneer homesteading.  An 1880's log cabin, a children's play house, and an outdoor exhibit of bells are also on display.  The archival material includes family histories, local history, and many photographs.

Mason Depot

Marian Schraufnagel
PO Box 7 Mason, WI  54856

Mason Depot Museum

24380 Cty Hwy E
Mason, WI  54856

Open Memorial Day - Labor Day Sundays 1-4 pm or by appointment

Oulu Historical Society

Preserving Finnish settlement history with two restored houses and a school.

Duane Lahti
4890 Cty. Highway B
Iron River, WI 54847

Palo Homestead
Museum Open in Summer Friday & Saturday noon - 4 pm or by appointment.

Port Wing Historical Society

Located in School Memorial Park in the center of town, Heritage Hall museum was built during Port Wing’s centennial in 2001. It houses a local history resource center and lending library. The museum features local artifacts and an extensive photographic display depicting the settlement and growth of Port Wing with emphasis on the lumbering, quarrying, agriculture and commercial fishing industries.

Marge Ogren
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Port Wing Historical Society Museum

Museum Open:
Summer Fri, Sat, Sun 1-4 pm

Washburn Area Historical Society

The museum is located at 1 East Bayfield Street on the second floor of the historic Washburn Bank building, and is operated by the Washburn Area Historical Society. The museum displays many artifacts from Washburn’s past, including memorabilia from businesses, industries, and residents. Newspapers, photographs, research information available.

Dave Bratley
402 Second Ave East
PO Box 518
Washburn, WI 54891

Washburn Area Historical Society Museum

1 E. Bayfield St.
Washburn, WI  54891

Museum Open June - Sept
Mon - Sat 10 am - 4 pm 

Western Bayfield County Historical Society

The museum is maintained by the Western Bayfield County Historical Society, and celebrates rural life in northern Wisconsin. Newspapers and archives available in research room.

Iron River MuseumWestern Bayfield County Historical Society

Dick Rewalt
5620 US Hwy 2
Iron River, WI  54847

Iron River Historical Museum

68245 S. Main Street
Iron River, WI  54847

Open in summer on Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment