Port Wing Heritage Hall Museum
The Town of Port Wing began in the 1870s because of the vast stands of pine forests that were needed for lumber for our ever-expanding United States. Isaac Wing acquired thousands of acres around here in the Bayfield area by purchasing land that had been put up for tax sale, and he then worked with others to devise ways to use the Flag River to float the logs to Lake Superior for shipment.
In 1891, Theodore N. Okerstrom , locally known as T.N. and as the “Father of Port Wing,” took out a homestead claim south of Port Wing, then he purchased, surveyed and platted the Townsite of Port Wing. He then spent the rest of his life as Port Wing’s chief promoter, convincing relatives and friends–and many Swedish immigrants–to settle here and make a new life in Port Wing. Okerstrom called his new town “Port Wing” to honor his business acquaintance, Col. Isaac Wing. (Taken from A New Town: Port Wing, WI – The Early Years)
Museum & Library Hours
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Other times by appointment
Call Soney - 715-774-3536,
Marge - 715-774-3624
or Mary or Leann - 715-774-3383
Join the Port Wing Historical Society and get in on all the news!
Annual dues are $10 and a lifetime membership is $100.
Members receive newsletters three times/year and the knowledge that they are supporting the costs of maintaining our beautiful museum and the thousands of items displayed there.
Make your check payable to: Port Wing Historical Society
Mail to: Marjorie Ogren, Secretary P. O. Box 28
Port Wing, WI 54865
And thank you!
2016 Museum Flea Market
Saturday & Sunday - July 2nd & 3rd
Saturday - 9am - 3pm
Sunday - 9am - 1pm
Town Hall & Pavilion
Lunch, antiques, crafts, household goods, books, toys & more!
Donations always welcome - storage available in the old fire hall.
Call Marge or Soney
Historical Society Harvest Dinner
Annual Museum Fundraiser
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Port Wing Town Hall
Join us for a menu of foods
from our Port Wing heritage.
Swedish meatballs, potato sausage,
ham & turkey
Mashed potatoes, gravy, rutabagas,
Pickled herring, beets and...pickles
Swedish pastries & rice pudding
Adults - $15 Children under 12 - $6