Near Little Lake, tucked away almost out of sight, is the Jacobsen Museum. It's not far from a small restored log cabin that once belonged to Jens Jacobsen, a mannequin of whom stands staring out through the glass front door - at night, it'd frighten the bejesus out of you if you happened to walk by. But by then you might already have broken your neck by stumbling in the dark over the strange-looking ice cutter - a bit like a thin-bladed plough - or the anchor or other artefacts of times gone by.
Not to worry - you came during the daylight. Which is just as well because the museum, at the top of a long flight of stone steps, is dingy inside. It's also very dusty because there's so much stuff - cramming the long log building chockablock, giving any vacuum cleaner a nervous breakdown. And the museum probably hasn't felt the lick of a feather duster since Jens built it in 1931, doing so using long vertical logs.
But forget all that - just sneeze delicately into tissues from a fast depleting box - as you explore the many historical collections of native fossils, rocks, Indian artifacts .... There is also delicate and intricate scroll work by the man himself. So, too, are ship models, sketches, poems and God only knows what else. The place is jammed full of interesting stuff.
After his death in 1952 at the age of 85, his family donated the museum to the people of Washington Island. Since then, other islanders have donated even more artifacts and antiques to the museum. Take the time to check it out - you're bound to find things of interest. Just remember to take a big box of tissues with you. Enjoy!
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