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“Super historical museum”

Shafer Historical Museum
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Winthrop
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Don't miss this great museum on your trip to Winthrop. The museum grounds are open to the public to enjoy during daylight hours, although access to the interiors of the old buildings with their artifacts has limited hours. Entrance to the museum is by donation and please do contribute so this marvelous collection of pioneer history can continue to be maintained, preserved and shared with future generations. We especially appreciated the well thought out signage that really explained well what all the old mining and farming machinery was and how it was used.

Thank Kathy P
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Very interesting if you like the history of prospectors. Lots of old machinery and a couple of old vehicles and tractors.

Thank sixthgearmusic
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Spend a half day exploring this gem of history and heritage. It is an amazing collection and documentation of how life was, when this whole area developed over 100 years ago. ... How easy life is these compared.

Thank INB008
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This is a Museum as Historians vouch is built on barteing and houses the Artefacts and Equipments assiduously collected by Simon and Joyce Shafer who settled in this area in 1920 and acquaired them from Early settlers.They donated this to the county in the year 1948 so that history could be maintained for posterity.
It is free attraction though a donation of two dollors is advised .I suggest we donate more so that the place can be maintained.The museum houses the state of art equipments used by the miners in the byegone era( As the Volunteers proudly say).The Kitchen and equipments,Laundry,Class Room ,Doctors Room are a few attractions apart from theEngineering Equipments and farming Equipments displayed.The displays are not mounted as you would see in a modern museum but definately worth a look and study to have a clear perspective of the life in these areas .You can easily spend an hour here marvelling at the collections.

Thank KRAMA200
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

life is a struggle at times, but a visit to the Shafer Museum puts it all back into perspective.

Have a new appreciation for what rural American life was like a hundred years ago. From the ingenuity of the machines used for farming, travel, printing, and even mining, to the labor required to operate them all, you'll be impressed at the kind of grit people must have had at the time not only make a living but also the creativity it took to make it all possible.

We especially liked the mining plant that is complete from the engine and pump to the hammers, riffle table, and final separator. What a sight it must have been to see those hammers dropping off the cams to slam down and crush huge rocks into processable chunks!

Also check out the classroom and have a chuckle at the rules for teachers posted on the wall.

A great attraction and well worth the time and minimum donation, which, by the way, is tiny at $2, so be sure to drop them a bit more so we can keep this great collection of history alive and available!

Thank WWUDad
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