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Shafer Historical Museum, Winthrop

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
In 1891, 32 year old Harvard graduate named Guy Waring arrived in the Methow Valley, spotted a market in the handful of miners and ranchers living nearby and opened Winthrop's first general store. After two years of success, the store burned and Waring was forced to move back east to recoup his losses.

Three years later he returned to rebuild his business, having enticed his reluctant wife to return with him by promising to build her a fine home. This carefully crafted log house, called "The Castle" by locals, is now the centerpiece of the Shafer Museum. 0wen Wister, author of The Virginian, visited here twice, drawing some of his story from the area.

The Shafer Museum showcases the rich and varied history of Winthrop: its unique local characters; its mining, ranching, and farming history; and its evolution from a small Native site on the shores of the Chewuch River to the diverse cultural mecca it is today.
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  • This museum is a wonderful collection of historic buildings and everyday items to celebrate Winthrop's pioneer history. I learned a lot from the exhibits about a place I had been visiting for years. T...  read more »
  • This is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. The museum is quite a bit bigger than I was expecting and is free, meaning you don't have to purchase tickets to explore, but they do offer a f...  read more »
  • Have been to Winthrop on many occasions, Finally made it to the Shafer Museum. Alot of cool stuff that shows the mining and lumber history of the northern Washington and Winthrop area. 
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