Hay Lake School in Scandia was used from 1896 to 1963, but the historians who visited the museum for Hay Lake Day on Aug. 9 took visitors back even further.
Mark Johnston of Historic Design Consulting in Vadnais Heights showed woodworking tools from the Civil War era, and Pat Thibado, buildings and grounds superindent for the Dunn County Historical Society in Menomonie, Wisconsin, carved letters in a piece of sandstone from the Dunnville quarry there that dates to the 1880s.
Dustyn Dubuque, the new site manager at the museum, has Wisconsin connections (graduate of UW River Falls, working on masters degree at UW Eau Claire) and has worked with the Dunn County Historical Society in the past.
Hay Lake is owned by the Washington County Historical Society.
Dubuque said all the demonstrators were unpaid volunteers. The day also include a large used book sale, wool spinning, ice cream making and the Scandia Community Band.