Resource Center

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 Historical Society Resource Center

The Resource Center Today

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:

Summer Hours: Friday 1-4 pm and Saturday 10-2 pm (May through October)
Winter Hours: Monday and Thursday, 1-4 pm
Also open by appointment. For Appointments, call 262-268-9150 or email

Current Exhibits:

Celebrating 75 Years of the Ozaukee Press
Special coverage of the loss of the Linda E
End of commercial fishing in Port Washington
Franklin St. 1910

Franklin Street North 1910
Blake Building second on the left

Franklin St. 2014

Franklin St. 2014

Research area of Resource Center

Research area of Resource Center where visitors can access information about the community, its businesses and founding families.

Resource Center Gift Shop

Resource Center Gift Shop


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