Points of Interest Along the Cherry Train Route

Enjoy our narrated tour as your guide describes life on this Lake Michigan island—past and present—and highlights natural history, geology, settlement, economy and how the island today compares with years ago. In just under two hours, the tour covers 15 miles and includes four stops chosen by your tour guide from among the following attractions. (Stops are dependent upon weather, seasons and availability of the attraction that day.)

map of train route

Stavkirke Church

Stavkirke Church

Inside of StavkirkeThis dedicated Lutheran church is a wooden chapel built in 1995 to resemble an ancient Norwegian Borgund chapel of 1100 A.D. and pays tribute to Island’s Scandinavian roots. There is also a prayer path for meditation. The church is open daily for visitation, meditation, and special events such as weddings (by permission). Managed by Trinity Lutheran Church. (Admission with a donation.)

schoolhouse beach

School House Beach

The most popular swim beach and picnic area on Washington Island, this beach features white, polished limestone rocks. The stones are special, unique and limited and as such are for viewing and appreciation only! Public restrooms.

Beach Rocks
Farm Museum

Island Farm Museum

Farm Museum Sign
See pioneer farm buildings, tools and equipment, small farm animals and exhibits representing Washington Island’s pioneer farming, in particular the horse-drawn era. Costumed re-enactors demonstrate pioneer skills on special days such as Farm Market Thursday afternoons and special events during the season.

the art and nature center

Art & Nature Center
(mid-June to mid-September)

Exhibits of art and nature, historical artifacts along with classes attract thousands of visitors yearly. The center offers “live” concerts throughout the summer months. Shop and delight in original island art, crafts and nature.

Admission with donation. Children under age 12 are free.

The Cherry Train

Downtown (also called “Up The Road”)

Downtown is the commercial center serving Washington Island’s 700 residents. The area, referred to locally as “Up the Road,” features taverns, groceries, gift shops and restaurants. During a short stop here you may shop, get a bite to eat or enjoy some refreshment. Businesses located near this stop include: Mann’s Mercantile, KK Fiske, Nelsen’s Hall & Bitters Club, What We Do In Winter Gallery, Middle Bar, Karly’s, Bread & Water and Mann’s Store.

Jacobsen Museum

Jacobsen Museum at Little Lake
Established in 1931, this venue features native artifacts, pioneer relics and the Thorstein Veblen study cabin—a serene setting on Washington Island’s inland lake.

trillium flowers
farm visitors