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We are OPEN Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Wednesday through Saturday 1pm to 5pm
for wagon rides, fishing, and museum tours.

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Open the door to the past and step back through time.

Come for the FISHING and stay for the MUSEUM,
Come for the MUSEUM and stay for the FISHING.

OPEN Memorial Day to Labor Day
Wed.-Sat. 1pm to 5pm
and/or by appointment

OUR LAND LINE (920-876-3193)


Anyway you look at it—the Henschel Site is a WONDERFUL place to get outside and enjoy some family fun!  When you arrive at the Henschel Site, you will be greeted with smiles and welcoming arms.  The museum is full of both artifacts found on the Henschel site and the surrounding area, as well as collections on loan.

The ancient springs that feed the trout ponds no doubt was a source of fresh water for the indigenous peoples of the area.   Since the first Henschel homesteader settled in Sheboygan County in 1849, the family's land has yielded evidence of 10,000 years of human occupation.

Today the Henschel collection is one of the most complete in Wisconsin.  These items - chipped stone tools, projectile points, ground stone tools, bone tools, copper implements, and pottery - trace the lives and times of the original culture inhabiting the area.

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 Museum

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.
NO Limit!
Keep what you catch.

Hidden Springs Trout Farm

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.

To Order:
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.

Gary's Book
Prehistoric Tools, Points & Arrowheads

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 Bookings

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.

Directions, etc.

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


Area Attractions/Recreation
Wade House & Wesley Jung Carriage Museum  920-526-3271
Road America    1-800-365-RACE
Quit Qui Oc Golf Club    920-876-2833
Crystal Lake Golf Crs    920-892-4834 

Restaurants and Lounges
The Marsh Lodge    920-876-2535
Schwartz’s Supper Club    920-894-3598
All Seasons Restaurant    920-876-2839 

Siebkens Hotel    920-876-2600
The Osthoff   920-876-3366
Plymouth Rock Camping Resort  920-892-4252
The Marsh Park  920-876-2535