Door County

Historians, local citizens and experts tell stories of tourism, cherries, art, and geology that capture the history of Door County. Viewers will also explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, its art history, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.

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Credits: Stephanie Ayer (Sevastopol School District), Connie Rankin (Sevastopol School District), Mike Scoville (Gibraltar School District), Justin Skiba (Sevastopol School District), Charlotte Tadych (Southern Door County School District), Jim Tellstrom (Sturgeon Bay School District), and Lizbeth Thomas (Gibraltar School District)

Segment 1: Introduction (01:34)
A brief overview of the topics discussed in the documentary is given.


Segment 2: Early History (07:26)
Explore the formation of the county’s geological features and the county’s earliest residents, the Paleo-Indians.


Segment 3: Ethnic Island (07:22)
Belgian immigrants settled in Door County beginning in the 1850s, and their culture thrives in the area still today.


Segment 4: Summer People (07:05)
The construction of the canal in Sturgeon Bay led to an increase of tourism in the area.


Segment 5: Ripple Effect (08:10)
John Nolen, Jens Jensen, Albert Fuller, Emma Toft, & county residents recognized and worked to save the area’s natural beauty.


Segment 6: Cherryland (07:35)
Area farmers discovered that Door County’s unique climate enabled fruit orchards to thrive.


Segment 7: Added Beauty (08:59)
Door County was home to many artists, including Gerhard Miller and Madeline Tourtelot.


Segment 8: Continuity and Change (06:51) Some felt the area’s rapid development threatened the county’s natural areas, leading to the development of the Door County Land Trust.