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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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  • History lovers will totally enjoy seeing the "castle" and all the artifacts from the early days of life in the area. Give yourself at least an hour, if not a little more, to read the information and v...  more »
  • This is a great museum set up as an old western town in which you can walk around and look at the buildings inside in out. It takes suggested donations at a great price. The volunteer watches the muse...  more »
  • The history found here - in displays - pictures - equipment make this a MUST SEE - especially for kids !  more »