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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  • August 12, 2017
    There is so much history here, it is a must see for anyone visiting. You can stroll around at your own pace. Cool artifacts from tractors, to mining equipment, to living in the north cascades througho...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Quite a collection of stuff! Old mining gear scattered over a large area with plenty of old equipment set up showing how it would work in the appropriate setting which never fails to impress you with ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    My11-year-old daughter was a little bored, until she learned she could earn a candy for completing the scavenger hunt. That got her focused! Make sure to ask for it at the store. I thought the museum ...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • May 23, 2017
    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.
  • December 28, 2016
    Amazing place for free. The Castle alone, is worth the time.

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