Built in 1996, the Lake View Historical Museum offers a glimpse of Lake View’s history. One unique display in the museum is a collection of 130 species of birds which have been stuffed and mounted. The Dr. Mark A. Durst train display is also a highlight in the museum, featuring a miniature Lake View, Black Hawk Lake and Danbury. Two floors of displays house treasures of Lake View’s past.
This Historic Log Cabin on the museum grounds was built in approximately 1870 by the Belt Family east of Lake View and moved to its present location in 1926. Recently, the one-room cabin was restored and it is now open to the public when the museum is open. It is the site for an annual sledding party in February, Kids Pioneer Days in August and frequent Coffee at the Cabin events.
A replica of a one-room school house, built to one-eighth scale, is also located on the museum grounds. It was moved to its present location and is now also open to visitors. The structure was built as a play school for Anna Westrom Pitts. Later, Anna became a teacher and her school is now enjoyed by all. Children will often find a teacher in residence and she’s been known to make visiting students stand in the corner!
The Lake View Historical Museum is located at 114 Crescent Park Drive and is open Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 2-4 p.m.