The Port Washington Historical Society purchased the 1852 Barnum Blake building in 2012 and completely renovated the interior and exterior. Over the decades the building had been altered so that there was little resemblance to its 1852 roots. The original tin ceiling, wood floors and plaster walls were revealed through the restoration.
Port Washington Chamber of Commerce presented the Port Washington Historical Society with the 2014 Beautification Award for the Restoration of the 1852 Resource Center.
The building was awarded a Historic Preservation Excellence Award in 2014 by the Wisconsin Association of Historic Preservation Commissions.
The building is the central location of the Port Washington Historical Society, and as its Resource Center houses the organization’s archives, offices and historic displays. Displays change throughout the year. Volunteers assist with research requests. An image of a 19th century scow schooner represents the community’s maritime past and the Resource Center’s role in preserving the history of the area. A gift shop offers for sale items about Port Washington.
The building is open to the public and for private tours.
Location: 205 N. Franklin Street
Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours: Monday and Thursday, 1-4 PM
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