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Shafer Historical Museum, Winthrop

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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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  • I visited this place like twenty years ago and wasn't expecting much during my most recent visit. I was pleasantly surprised. Given how small the community is they really have a nice museum. My kids l...  more »
  • This museum is operated strictly on donations and volunteers. It's just a quick jaunt up the hill from the main part of town. No fee to get in but there is a donation box with a suggestion of $3.00 pe...  more »
  • It's definitely worth climbing the stairs or uphill roads to get there. Walking through the place gives you a real sense of stepping back in time.  more »
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  • Really cool museum to learn about old technologies used in the wild west. Some very interesting old mining and farming equipment as well as some really cool replica buildings.
  • A very neat place with extensive collection of historical items (printing press, old cars, mining equipment, doctors items, novelty items, gun collection). If you are interested in history then very much worth a visit.
  • Amazing place for free. The Castle alone, is worth the time.