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Old Bayfield County Courthouse

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Address: Bayfield, WI
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+1 715-779-3397

Late 19th century brownstone building housing the Apostle Islands National...

Late 19th century brownstone building housing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

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This Courthouse is now a National Park Visitor Center

This is a re-purposed historic building that is now the headquarters for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This is a beautiful old red stone building that has a helpful... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Lance B
Woodstock, Virginia
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Woodstock, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a re-purposed historic building that is now the headquarters for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This is a beautiful old red stone building that has a helpful short NPS orientation video, a small museum and gift shop area, and a number of displays about historic activities of the Islands, especially their lighthouses and the fishing industry from years... More 

Thank Lance B
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Old Bayfield County Courthouse is quite different now-a-days. When we entered it, it wasn’t a courthouse any longer, no prisons were located here any longer. It is now a Visitor Center for the National Parks. There was information about the light keepers that was quite interesting and many local books were on sale. However, the room where they show... More 

Thank Robby G C
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

I am not sure why this Trip Advisor location is called the Old County Courthouse, perhaps for historical reasons. When we visited in August 2016, it is clearly the Apostle Islands Visitor Center for the National Parks. We stopped here in Bayfield before taking the ferry to Madeline Island. We watched a video about the Apostle Islands here and purchased... More 

Thank IowaMum
Wausau, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Good video, nice display and exhibits. Grand daughter is Junior Park Ranger and earned another badge by completing a workbook from that office. The Rangers do a swearing in ceremony that is awesome.

Thank Terese A
Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It is a great stop for info on the national parks, and apostle islands. They have a nice exhibit, and free! They are very helpful! Bayfield heritage tours stops at the old Court house/jail. It is a must stop inBayfield, and see the Rittenhouse Inn, and the new restaurant in town, the broad street bistro! Great American/Turkish/Greek delights. Gluten free... More 

Thank charleshaycock
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Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

Staffed by national park ranger. Maps, info about Apostle Islands. Good 20 minute video with details about many of the major islands, excellent place to visit before you boat (or walk in winter.) Washington Ave between 4th & 5th. Kids can get a stamp for their national parks passport

Thank Becky W
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 16 September 2014

This is a beautiful old building that now houses a (free) National Park Service information office about the Apostle Islands. They have a helpful short movie and a number of displays about various aspects of the Islands, especially lighthouses. Definitely worth 30-45 minutes. Just a few blocks from downtown - but it's not on either of the main streets. So... More 

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Charlestown, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2014

This is a quaint litlle town with great people and sites to see. The view from the city to the town entry is awesome.

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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We recently purchased property in Bayfield and need a plat map, so we had to visit the court house for that and other information. I don;t know what I expected, but it's just beautiful. Built in 1895 of local brownstone, with high ceilings, staircases, and a skylight on the top floor. And it's still used as county offices, so you... More 

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

You can't miss the opportunity to visit this place when you are in Bayfield. Old crackling wood floors, cool art, tee-shirts, hats and tons of information about the Islands. You must see the historical Apostle Island Movie; it is fantastic! The Rangers are so helpful and kind.

Thank Patrick K

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