Pioneer Barn

Pioneer Barn
The Pioneer Barn room tells the story of island residents

The Pioneer Barn, built in the 1890s, was routinely used by a family of Swedish immigrants. The Dahlins stabled their horses in this log structure when the family came to town from their homestead further out on the island.

Intriguing objects and photographs inside the barn depict the daily life of the 19th and early 20th century settlers. Catholic and Protestant missionary history is represented with a unique collection of artifacts and religious books translated into Ojibwe.

You'll also see objects describing the lifestyles of the well-to-do who spent long, lazy summers at cottages on the island. Turn-of-the-century ferry boats carried excited passengers to see the Apostle Islands, a rare and wondrous experience at the time. These early tourists gave birth to modern tourism in northern Wisconsin.