W. Ben Hunt Cabin

5885 S. 116th St., Hales Corners, Wisconsin

Log home of a naturalist, relocated to a city park


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2015




According to the Hales Corners Historical Society web pages, Ben Hunt was interested in the outdoor life, history and getting back to nature. He built this home on Jamesville Road, east of here. He worked with Boy Scouts with an interest in rustic woodworking, whittling and carving, metal working. He had a knowledge of Indian crafts and history.

Ben Hunt's reputation was world-wide. He wrote over 1,000 magazine articles and 20 books, many translated into 26 languages.

The house was relocated to city property in 1986 to preserve it and its history. It is open on the first Saturday of the month during the summer.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 13, 2008
Reference number
NR name
Hunt, W. Ben, Cabin
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rustic
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Secondary structure
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1924; 1940

Update Log 

  • May 15, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Corrected GPS coordinates and added photographs
  • October 1, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates