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“Neat building...”

The Historic Island Dairy
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Owner description: 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.
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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75 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Neat building...”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

The building itself is restored nicely and was kind of fun to check out. There is a nice little museum inside, which included a great timeline of Washington Island history. The lavender field outside had just been planted and I'd love to see it once it blooms.

Visited May 2013
Thank Dawn B
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By the lake in Indiana
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218 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Not much there.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Well, maybe we were early, but there wasn't much there. A lavender store, if you like lavender and I bet the fields are gorgeous when in bloom, but for us, rather disappointing.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Antiquelover2
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Washington Island, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Historic Island Dairy is an exquisitely restored must see on Washington Island!”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

This stone building has been restored to a very high standard and captures the spirit of it's history. It is now an inviting venue for wonderful art exhibits and other memorable island events.

1 Thank Edengineer
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