Shakes House, Wrangell, Alaska
312 Stikine Ave, Wrangell, AK 99929, USA
Tlingit Family HomeIn Wrangell, Alaska, an old lodge that once belonged to Chief Shakes has been restored with many of the original (or recreations of the original) carvings on furniture and the poles that hold up the roof. Carved wooden whale oil lamps still hang from the ceiling. A panel separates the sleeping area from the living area, and it is covered with painted carvings. The guide is the great-great-granddaughter of Chief Shakes and she gives a wonderful tour complete with family anecdotes.
Wrangell is a small fishing village with a deep and varied history. It is the launching point for fishing the Stikine River and for tours to the Anan Bear & Wildlife Observatory. A walking tour of the town revealed many rock carvings and totem pole ruins in the woods and along the shore.