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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  • This free museum , although they ask for donations of at least $3 each, is very near the centre of Winthrop, has so many exhibits and buildings showcasing how life has existed in the 1800s and onwards...  more »
  • Donation only so no cost. This place has so much to see and will learn alot about the history of the area. A Great place to take kids so they can learn what life was like and see the tools that were u...  more »
  • My husband and 15yo son can spend HOURS talking about all the old time machinery and historical artifacts that the Shafer Museum houses within it's open-to-the-public walls. This place was the BOMB wh...  more »
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  • A neat little museum is a historic town. A must stop when driving through the area. Take a walk around and check out the history of this place and how the people lived and worked in those times. Entrance fee is by donation, recommended $3/PP. You can easily spend a good hour or so walking around and checking out the artificacts.
  • Great place to go to see what has changed. Love looking at all the old time things. It was so simple then . great people run it
  • Very good displays of old mining equipment, agriculture and local history. Many more displays, school room, doctor's office, etc. Easy to spend a couple of hours there. Bring your camera.
  • Gold mining museum in main town of Winthrop, Washington. Learn about the mining history in this part of Washington. The fee is on donation bases but they recommend $3 per adult.
  • Alway exciting to touch, see and understand techniques from the past. Great learning experience!
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