Washington Island Stavkirke

Washington Island Stavkirke

Washington Island Stavkirke
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Jeff N
    Saint Paul, Minnesota727 contributions
    Beautiful church
    This beautifully built traditional Scandinavian Stavkike - or stave church- is amazing to view. A team of local craftsmen and women built this to honor their heritage. It literally looks like it was lifted from a small European village and carried to Washington Island. Due to covid we could only peek through the windows but what a treasure. It’s a quick stop in your way from the Ferry. Or take some time and meditate in the gardens. You’ll be glad you stopped.
    Visited July 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2020
  • WImom
    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,340 contributions
    Impressive!
    The interior of the church is closed but there is enough light that one can look through the front door and get a very good look on the inside. Directly across from Trinity Lutheran Church at 1763 Townline Road. This church was built in 1991 and took three years to complete, modeled after the drawings of the one built in Borgund, Norway, near Flam, in 1150 AD. No nails are used in its construction. The prayer path is open. Was happy to see this replica as we missed seeing this church when we were in Norway in 2019. Was here on September 23, 2020.
    Visited September 2020
    Written September 25, 2020
  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,036 contributions
    Fascinating and engrossing....
    This is a fascinating and engrossing structure; interesting in design and comforting in spirit. Being March, there were still patches of snow/ice obstructing some pathways. Also being March; there was only one other couple (walking their dog), in the area. Once they departed, we felt as if we were in a sanctuary from another era. The wood-centric enclosure was small but inviting, and felt like a step-back in time; a time when craftmanship and nature were honored and respected. The inhabitants of, and visitors to, Washington Island are fortunate having this tribute to a part of the area's heritage.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
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bassbum
Cincinnati, OH6,949 contributions
Sep 2021
There are no words to describe the feeling this church creates in one's being.
It's used as a meditation center and for special occasions(weddings, etc.) by local and visitors alike.
Built totally by hand, as a tribute to God and the builder's Scandinavian Heritage, it is a masterpiece of construction and purpose.
Since my first visit, the place is never far from my thoughts and it draws me back time and time again.
Stop here and soothe your soul.
Written October 7, 2021
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91_k12
Madison, WI37 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a reproduction of a StavKirke that was built in Norway in 1150! I've seen these stunning churches (Kirk) in Norway. We are so fortunate that the Washington Island inhabitants honored their Scandinavian heritage by building this. Just Breathtaking! Peaceful and awe inspiring.
Written October 2, 2021
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meganc9150
Staunton, VA144 contributions
Aug 2020
As said by others, this was unfortunately just a quick stop since it was closed due to COVID. The building is beautiful from the outside and the grounds are clean, we walked the prayer path and sat just for a bit to admire the construction of the church. made a special trip to Washington Island just to see this and very disappointed to find it closed. Hope to return one day and see the inside.
Written August 7, 2020
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Amanda R
Oshkosh, WI5 contributions
Jul 2022
Great example of a stavkirke. It's similar to one in Moorhead, MN, but is older and was actually used as a church for a while. The exterior is beautiful and has some nice landscaping and trails, if you want a peaceful walk. The interior is light and spacious and has some great architecture. Parking in a small lot on the west side of the stavkirke by a Stavkirke sign (access by a short trail) or further east across from the Lutheran church (access by a wood plank bridge).
Written July 16, 2022
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LauraJean
DeKalb, IL238 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A highlight and must-do on Washington Island. Very impressive architecture and decoration in a modern replica of a traditional Norwegian church. I wish they had written information available for visitors. Please remember that this is a worship space and not just a tourist attraction. Leave your dogs and food outside. Accessibility is a challenge.
Written September 15, 2023
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JHeskin
Duluth, Minnesota590 contributions
Sep 2021
This building is super interesting to see. Not as large as you might think but still amazing architecturally. Also a nice walking/contemplation path in the woods beside it. Definitely a must see.
Written October 27, 2021
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AndrewFromMadison
Madison, WI3,292 contributions
Aug 2019
After the Little Norway near Madison was run into the ground by private owners, and then literally sold down the river, the Stavkirke on Washington Island is probably the biggest structure of this kind in Wisconsin - there are some smaller ones on Washington Island as well. Make a stop here if on Washington Island. It also has a small wooded parcel adjacent to it, where you can stroll through the circular path and reflect.
Written February 21, 2020
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KPP
15 contributions
Sep 2022
There are a few stavkirke throughout WI, mostly at Old World WI sites, but this is probably the best one of the bunch. Surrounded by a mixed woods and gardens, its a beautiful stop on your through Washington Island. The detail work and intricacy of the church is amazing. Something we have really lost in modern days. Neat little history lesson for the area and on stavkirke in WI.
Written July 12, 2023
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Stephen M
Manitowoc, WI454 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
A bit hard to find; but well worth it. This church/temple is a structure of spirituality and power. It is, most definitely, a beautiful building that was lovingly built by true craftsmen. As a long time carpenter, I was amazed at the skill and materials that were necessary in building this landmark. A most photogenic place on an island that makes you glad you have a digital camera, as you will find yourself wanting to take multiple pictures from all angles inside and out. No bathrooms or other amenities, just an awesome (I don't use that word lightly) place with a high wow factor. You can let your imagination run and visualize Odin marrying Frigga here. There is also a nice birding trail that takes you into the surrounding woods. If you find yourself on Washington Island make sure you visit this astonishing place. There is no fee to go there.
Written June 26, 2017
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Jeff S
Green Bay, Wisconsin, Usa26 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
We had not yet visited Washington Island, Wisconsin, and planned a day trip out there. Everything about the ferry transport there and back was quite agreeable, aside from the very friendly gate attendant informing us upon our arrival they had an extra ferry coming in for an added route. The ferry did arrive, but the crew disembarked and the vessel sat ther until another arrived 2 hours later. This is the ferry onto which we were eventually loaded and transported to the island. There are maps of the island provided at the ferry dock and we had marked the locations/destinations to visit, which included many local businesses. The island iteslf was very scenic, and we drove the entire perimeter to view the sights. The associate at Island Lavender was very sociable and led to the best interaction on the island. Several of the places simply had "closed" signs in the windows, while others were even more abrasive, stating, "see you in May". We happened to enter one Scandinavian gift shop located about 100 yards from the pier, and were abruptly told "we're not open". Not even a greeting or attempt to present a pleasant outlook on the fact they did not want to see any customers today. This same gift shop had an outdoor sign in the shape of an arrow which advertised a restaurant and vaguely pointed in its direction. After locating the referred to restaurant 2 streets over, it also was closed with no signs of life present. Now, we are talking mid-day on a Saturday, not in the dead of winter, rather, a very sunny day toward the end of October. How does anyone expect to make a living on this marketed, tourist-friendly remote island when they are not open, display extremely poor customer service skills, and carry such a bleak inventory of limited merchandise and size runs that it would all need to be on extreme clearance in order to move? This location could be very lucrative with a customer-centric approach to services, especially near the port/ferry dock. The island is very scenic, but I really would reconsider the expense for ferrying the vehicle and passengers for anything aside from staying at one of the campgrounds, where no interaction is needed with the local businesses. Your visit to Door County is much more fulfilling without including Washington Island.
Written November 2, 2014
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