Visit the W. Ben Hunt Cabin
About Ben Hunt
W. Ben Hunt (1888-1970) was an artist, craftsman, educator, researcher, and writer (see Ben's photo below). He produced approximately 20 books and over 1,000 magazine articles in his lifetime. The books covered a wide range of subjects: wood carving, leatherwork, silversmithing, beadwork, whittling, Indian crafts and lore, log cabin building and more. This body of work has been translated into 17 languages, a tribute to Ben’s skill and ability to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with other cultures. A book detailing Ben’s life and showcasing extensive examples of his work is available from the Hales Corners Historical Society.
Hunt Cabin History
In 1924, Ben Hunt, his brother, and father-in-law built a cabin (16 x 28 feet) on Hunt’s property on Janesville Road. They used only hand tools, beginning with sawing tamarack logs to size, right up to nailing down the last shingle. Over the years, additions were built from utility poles. The Cabin became a gathering place for Ben's friends to socialize and pursue their hobbies. Young people were welcomed to learn from Ben and share his interests.
In 1986, the Ben Hunt Cabin was moved one-third of a mile from its original site. It is now located adjacent to the Hales Corners Library on the grounds of the W. Ben Hunt Center (5885 S. 116th Street, Hales Corners) and is owned by the Village of Hales Corners. The Hales Corners Historical Society is responsible for the preservation and upkeep of the Cabin, and members of the Society serve as cabin guides. The Cabin contains interesting artifacts and memorabilia related to Ben Hunt and the Native American people. In January 2005, the Cabin was designated a local historic landmark through the efforts of the Hales Corners Historic Preservation Commission.
Hunt Cabin Hours
The Cabin is open to the public on the first Saturday of the month from May to November, 1-3 p.m.
July 4, Noon-3 p.m.;
December, 5:30-7 p.m.
in conjunction with the Village Tree Lighting ceremony.
Groups are welcome to schedule special tours at other times. There is no charge for tours, but donations are always appreciated. At one entrance, there is a ramp for those who want step-free access. The Hunt Cabin may also be reserved without charge by non-profit groups that serve a civic, cultural or educational purpose. The Cabin reservation form is available here in PDF format. For information call (262) 349-4208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org