The Bayfield County Historical Society (BCHS) is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society. There are 11 Chapters that make up the umbrella organization of the BCHS. The Chapters are Barnes Area Historical Assn., Bayfield Heritage Assn, Cable/Namakagon Historical Soc., Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum, Drummond Historical Soc., Eileen Area Historical Soc., Mason Area Historical Soc., Oulu Historical Soc., Port Wing Historical Soc., Washburn Area Historical Soc., and Western Bayfield County Historical Soc.  Chapter memberships include membership in the Bayfield County Historical Society and receipt of the organization’s newsletter, “Historical Happenings.”  

 A book of the first 10 years of our "Historical Happenings" newsletters is now available. This book is a compilation of published newsletters from 1980 through 1989.  It includes many stories, maps, and photos that capture the local history of Bayfield County, Wisconsin.

To order a book, please print and use the order form.

This Day in Wisconsin History

  • May 25, 1864 - (Civil War) Actions at North Anna River, Virginia
    At Hanover Junction, Virginia, Union troops at the North Anna River began withdrawing. Unable to cross at Hanover Junction, they pulled back and moved downstream.
  • May 25, 1889 - Governor Oscar Rennebohm born
    On this day was born in Leeds, Columbia County, Wisconsin. Rennebohm was elected lieutenant governor under Walter S. Goodland and took over as governor when Goodland died in 1947. Oscar Rennebohm served as Wisconsin's governor from 1947 to 1951. He died on October 15, 1968. [Source: by Nancy G. Williams]

Originally named La Pointe County in 1848, Bayfield County was renamed on April 12, 1866 in honor of Henry Wolsey Bayfield, a British Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy who surveyed Lake Superior in 1823-24.

Bayfield County Historical Society - PO Box 581 - Washburn, WI 54891