Surroundings, Green Bay
Door County, a peninsula projecting into Lake Michigan to the north of Milwaukee, is a land of apple and cherry trees, trout streams and romantic strands well supplied with marinas and diving schools. A tasty local speciality is a fish stew of trout, onions and potatoes. One of the most stimulating ways of exploring this delightful stretch of country is by bicycle.The chief places on the peninsula are Sturgeon Bay (with the Door Couny Museum) and Baileys Harbor on Lake Michigan, Ephraim (originally founded by Moravian Brethren from Norway), and Egg Harbor and Ellison Bay on Green Bay. From Ellison Bay there is a ferry to Washington Island (originally settled by Icelanders), with Rock Island State Park.
Located just out from the Door Peninsula, Washington Island is home to the USA's oldest Icelandic settlement. Renown for its clear waters and great fishing, Washington Island sees its fair share of visitors. The island is small and it is easy to get around on a bike.
Address: Box 222, Washington Island, WI 54246, United States
Jacobsen's Museum preserves and showcases the history of Washington Island. Housed in a unique building the museum has displays showing items from the indigenous people who once inhabited the region along with maritime items.
The small town of Ephraim is a summer getaway location for locals and visitors alike. Situated on the water and boasting of a beautiful harbor backed by historic buildings, Ephraim is a great place to spend some quality time. Recreation opportunities range from fishing, to swimming, sailing, and for those less adventurous, just gazing out at the water.
The Anderson Store is located in historic downtown Ephriam. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Anderson Store is a general store that has been restored to its former glory. Built in the mid 19th Century, the store provides an insight as to way a general store would have operated at that time.
The schoolhouse, which operated from 1880 to 1949, displays local historical items and photographs.
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Sturgeon Bay is a small town of just under 10,000. Maritime activities are the norm here with fishing and shipping are the mainstays. The town has the standard visitor amenities one would expect in a place of this size including a couple of very good museums.
Collector Showcase is an establishment that has over 1500 Barbie Dolls on display. If that weren't enough, the Collector's Showcase has two other major exhibits including 45 antique sports cars and a room filled with moving holiday window show pieces. The Collector's Showcase is at the intersection of highways 42 & 57 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Door County Historical Museum
For visitors wishing to delve deeper in to the history of Door County, the Door County Histoicial Musuem is just the spot. The history of the local area is laid out in informative displays.
Door County Maritime Museum
The Door County Maritime Museum is an attraction not to be missed. Ships and boats and everything to do with them are on display. The museum hosts a number of traveling exhibits throughout the year. Be sure to check ahead to see what is going on.
Beyer Home Museum, Oconto, Wisconsin
Those interested in the history of brick homes in the United States will want to visit the Beyer Home Museum in Oconto. This house was built in the late 19th Century and it is said to be one of the first brick homes in the United States. Permanent exhibits on Oconto country are on display.
White Pillars, De Pere, Wisconsin
The White Pillars building is located in DePere, Wisconsin. The building was built in the early 19th Century and was once home to Wisconsin's first bank. Today, White Pillars is a museum dedicated to the history of DePere and worth visiting both for the museum and for the building itself.