The Historic Washington House Museum in Two Rivers

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Two Rivers sign

 The Washington House in Two Rivers was built in the 1850’s as an immigrant hotel. Now, it is home of Berners Ice Cream Parlor which claims to be the birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae.

Washington House in Two Rivers

Ice Cream Sundae marker Two Rivers

 Once you step in the door, the first think you see is a bar and lots of artifacts behind and around it. The Berners Ice Cream parlor is not the original, but two chairs on display are from the original parlor.

Washington House bar in Two Rivers

Berners Parlor chairs in Washington House

Streight ahead is Berners, what an inviting ice cream parlor!

Berners Ice Cream Parlor in Washington House in Two Rivers

We had some ice cream, then explored the museum on the 2nd floor.

Washington House stage Two Rivers

In this room were stage performances, the murals are being restored.  These already were.

Mural Collage in Washington House

 This is the Waverly building, another business that started about the same time as the Washington House. It is still here and still owned by the same family. It’s now Waverly Inn Pub and Pizza.

Waverly building in Two Rivers

 Here are more of the exhibits, many interesting artifacts of days gone by.

Exhibit Rooms in Washington House in Two Rivers

The Barber Shop

 

Barber Shop Exhibit in Washington House in Two Rivers

 

Dentist

Dentist exhibit in Washington House in Two Rivers

Doctor

Doctor Exhibit in Washington House in Two Rivers

Room to Let

Room to Let Exhibit in Washington House in Two Rivers

Kitchen

Kitchen Exhibit in Washington House in Two Rivers

And much more!  It’s free to take the self-guided tour, but donations are gladly accepted.

Washington House donation box

Don’t forget to have an ice cream sundae at Berners’ before you go! We had a great visit here.

Strawberry Sundae

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