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The Historic Island Dairy

1309 Range Line Rd, Washington Island, WI 54246-9143
+1 920-737-1531
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"This Historic Island Dairy Is Island Lovely!"

Located adjacent to the largest Lavender in the area, it has its own unique architectural style and... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
legacyendeavors
,
Racine, Wisconsin
via mobile
Dairy? Historic? Not sure what this stop is

First off, I would suggest not even bothering to go to Washington Island. We thought it would be... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Amy S
,
Lindstrom, Minnesota
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The Historic Island Dairy Building was completely renovated in 2010 from a building that sat vacant for 40 years into a multi-use community facility to save and preserve the memory of one of Washington Island's most important local historic businesses, which was dairy farming. The Historic Island Dairy preserves 100 years of the working memory of the Island community with new economically sustainable non-dairy uses including two commercial kitchens, a full floor open wood cathedral ceiling ballroom, business incubator facilities, vintage Scandinavian poster displays along with international cutting edge art exhibits, lavender farm market, panoramic balcony vistas, sitting and strolling gardens, acres of lavender fields and home for The Island Lavender Company. This meaningful historic Island destination has been completely renovated after sitting vacant for more than 40 years. As a result of the development of refrigerated delivery trucks in the early 1960's, dairy products were delivered from larger commercial facilities off the Island and the local island dairy production was closed. Now bearing the name "The Historic Island Dairy", the building features a permanent Washington Island history exhibit to remind us of the Island people and events that laid the foundation for all of us to protect, nurture and build upon today...and into the future. In 2016, the Historic Island Dairy will celebrate the 100th birthday of the founding of dairy production on Washington Island.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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“lavender fields” (12 reviews)
“gift shop” (8 reviews)
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1309 Range Line Rd, Washington Island, WI 54246-9143
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+1 920-737-1531
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Located adjacent to the largest Lavender in the area, it has its own unique architectural style and amenities! There is history of the Island in an exhibit, an art gallery and the Lavender market. They're known to host conferences and book weddings too! Lots of...More

Thank legacyendeavors
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

First off, I would suggest not even bothering to go to Washington Island. We thought it would be fun to take the ferry over and explore the island. There really isn't much to see or do on the island, I would have rather spent the...More

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped in to see this historic dairy! Was surprised to see fields of lavender! So beautiful and at peak bloom when we were there! Gone are the dairy equipment but upon entering there was informative picture boards of "Washington Island Through the Years!" Including photos...More

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Small store but didn't find anything that would tell us what made it Historic or why its called a Dairy.

Thank Leon P
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

Amazing to see fields of lavender. There was a light scent of lavender in the air. There is a very nice gift shop.

Thank xboox
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

While this use to be the island dairy, there really is nothing here that would give you that impression. It's now a lavender field and lavender gift shop. It's a nice shop, but nothing overwhelming (for me anyway). Some people will love this, but I...More

Thank saxsellers
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Beautiful fields of lavender and great old building. The outdoor area is beautiful and smelled fantastic. The store is full of art and items from France with many great choices across most any price range. stop and check it out when visiting.

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

They are opening a store in Ephramin this summer so if just looking to shop that is probably the way to go. If you want to experience Washington Island stop in, very interesting!

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Nice little place to visit, but the smells are overpowering. Little pricey as is most of Door County.

Thank Kathi B
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

I was very impressed with the extensive documented history of the dairy industry on Washington Island. Lots of pictures and text that helps you to understand how important dairying was in the Islands past history. Kudos to the owners for telling that story.

Thank dcrudolph
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