5885 South 116th Street, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130
W. Ben Hunt
W. Ben Hunt (1888-1970) was born in the town of Greenfield, Wisconsin. He and his wife came to Hales Corners in 1920 to live in the house he had designed on Janesville Road.
Ben Hunt was a leader in the outdoor
movement and in the reintroduction of pioneer skills. He
introduced subjects such as rustic woodworking, whittling and carving,
metal working, and
historic Indian crafts and lore as hobbies and handicrafts for fun and
leisure-time activities. He was involved with the
on a local and national level.
Did you know Ben Hunt, or learn from him?
If so, please let us know! Write us at the above address (or e-mail us) and tell us your recollections of Ben Hunt and your personal experiences with him or his writings. If you have old issues of Boys Life Magazine, the Historical Society would be pleased to add them to the society's collection. Donations can be left at the circulation desk of the Hales Corners Library (marked as a gift to the Historical Society), or mailed to us at the above address.
Dugout Canoe is on Display
On display in the cabin is a dugout canoe made by W. Ben Hunt. Hunt made the canoe in 1945 from a basswood tree found near "Mud"(Upper Kelly) Lake. The canoe was made from a 14-foot length of the tree trunk which weighed one ton. Digging out the interior of the log was accomplished using an axe, adz, and Indian crooked knife. When it was finished, the canoe weighed only 175 pounds.
In June 1998 the canoe was donated to the Hales Corners Historical Society by Wayne Boldt. The canoe had previously been in the possession of Boldt's late father, Alton Boldt, who was a close friend of Ben Hunt. Stop by the cabin and see this interesting artifact!
Visit the Cabin!
||The cabin is open to the public on the
Saturday of the month from
May to November, 1 - 3 p.m., (on July 4th open 12-3 p.m.) and in
December in conjunction with the Village of Hales Corners' tree lighting
ceremony. Groups are welcome to schedule special tours at other times.
There is no charge for tours, however donations are always welcome.
At one entrance, there is a ramp for those who want step-free access.
Hunt Cabin ReservationsThe Hunt cabin may be used without charge by non-profit groups
which serve a civic, cultural or educational purpose. The cabin
reservation form is available here in text format. For information
call (414) 425-4619 or e-mail.
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