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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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  • The volunteer was most helpful with historical stories. The museum was set up with many period items to display what life was like in that era. Lots of farm equipment, too. Self guided tour, places to...  more »
  • This museum covers all local history as well as providing information on local mining. There are many buildings to look in. Donation is 3.00 per adult, kids are free. Be sure to hit the gift shop and ...  more »
  • This Museum is funded by public contributions and well worth slipping a few dollars in the kitty. The Museum chronicles life of the early settlers in the Valley and shows how they lived along with des...  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.

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