10,000 years of human history...
“The View Alone—is Worth the Trip”
The museum houses stone tools, projectile points, pottery, copper implements, bone tools and much more. You’ll be shown how the Native Americans threw their weapons—utilizing a tool called an ATLATL.
The history of the Henschel homestead begins in 1849 with Johann & Christianna Henschel. The Henschels co-existed with the Indian until 1870 when they were relocated. Upon relocation, “Old Solomon” a Potawatomi Indian gifted the Henschels a dugout canoe which is presently on display at the Sheboygan Museum.
The property was no doubt a sacred and ceremonial site. Mounds and fortifications were recorded in early Wisconsin archeological books. One day while out plowing, Herman’s (Johann’s son) horses dropped through a mound...and what he found was….(come to the museum and get the rest of the story!) Henschels have since built a representation of this mound.
In 1996, through an excavation by the University of Marquette, Henschel’s is the official location of “Wisconsin’s OLDEST red ochre burial site”. (600 to 800 BC)When you drive over the hill and see the Sheboygan Marsh (once a glacial lake) below...you will see why you will soon be stepping foot onto sacred ground…
A small admission of $6 per adult & $3 per child is charged to go through the museum—the monies support the family’s costs and ambitions to add to the museum and the site. Bring an artifact along—that you may want identified.
Open the door to the past and step back through time...
No License Required.
Keep what you catch.
Natural Fresh Water Springs that well up from the hills once provided the Native American’s fresh water—now feed ponds—full of PLUMP farm-raised Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout.
Fish anytime of the year—without a license. You won’t go away empty handed from here. This one’s NOT going to get away!
Hate cleaning fish? NO problem—the Henschel’s will clean them to your specifications…
Bring your own equipment or we’ll supply you—no additional charge.
No matter how big or small, young or old—you’ll have a great time fishing or just plain watching.
PRICING: Sold by the pound (live weight)cleaned OR filleted and put on ice. Call for our current pricing.
Send $11.95, plus $3.95 shipping and handling to
N8661 Holstein Road, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020.
Wisconsin residents add 5% sales tax.
Check or Money Orders accepted.
Written by Gary Henschel.
Prehistoric Tools, Points & Arrowheads
An easy to follow identification book.
The book also offers some interesting background information on the Henschels and the Henschel Site. There are over 250 hand-drawn illustrations of area tools, points and arrowheads. ~100 pages.
Special rates (and attention) to LARGE GROUPS and SCHOOLS. Our school group tour options may include: wagon rides, museum tours, visit the dig site, feeding fish, pumpkins, corn maze, looking for arrowheads, gift shop, bring your lunch & picnic - please ask.
Gary is also available for off-site community events/schools, etc for lecture and slide presentations.
Join us for an “ARCHEOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE” wherein you can “do a dig” on the site under Gary’s supervision. You can learn a little about archaeology by getting your hands dirty—FIRST HAND! Activities reserved for groups—so get some of your friends to join you!Call us and tell us what you have in mind—we’ll be glad to work with you.
If you can get to Hwy 23, you can find your way to the Henschel Site. From “J” turn west on Sexton Road, turn south on Holstein Road. 1/2 mile.
N8661 Holstein Road, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
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