In 2005, Will Hintz and Doug & Libby Scott purchased and restored Star Lake’s original 90 year old - one room schoolhouse and converted it in to a gallery/gift shop and museum where people could come and view historic pictures of Star Lake. Libby ran the Old Schoolhouse Gallery and Museum and found other like-minded community members who would like to preserve, protect and restore additional Star Lake historic properties.
In the summer of 2010, several community members joined Libby and Will Hintz and created what we now call - the Friends of Star Lake, Inc. The primary purpose of this group is to preserve what is special about Star Lake: to embrace Star Lake’s rich history, and to preserve, protect and restore historic Star Lake structures.
This same group, now Board members of Friends of Star Lake, approached the Milwaukee Railroad Historical Association that funded the construction of the "Route of the Hiawatha" sign that stood along Highway K during the Hiawatha era. It was at this point that this group of Star Lake residents decided that they should form a non-profit organization and dedicate it to preserving and protecting Star Lake’s rich history.
The Old Milltown Depot now operates as a retail operation during the summer which supports Friends of Star Lake. The replica railroad depot was built and plans are in place to add more to the site in late 2013.