The Door County Historical Society will celebrate Apple Day on Saturday, October 14 at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, from 10-3. Apple’s may be Door County’s lesser known fruit, but it certainly has had a long history.
Apples origins date back thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to this country by European immigrants. Many of Door County’s settlers set aside a small piece of land for their apple orchards; remnants of these litter the county’s country roads.
Apples are in the rose family and perhaps the rose’s fragrance transfers to the apple’s sweet taste. Large trees are grown from seed, but the smaller versions common to the orchards are grafted onto rootstock. Today apples are bred for various purposes: cooking, eating raw, cider and baking. Everyone has their favorites with over 7500 varieties available!
Apples will be run through one of the Village’s cider press and you can take a turn cranking! An antique cider press will be on display in the Greene General Store. Volunteers will showcase a collection of apple peelers in the Madden Tool Museum and you can take a turn trying out an apple peeler, too! The blacksmiths will give demonstrations of their craft, a volunteer fisherman will be on hand telling fish tales at the Kohl’s Fish House. A Warren family relative from Kentucky will be playing the dulcimer in their living room. Also on display will be the newest artifact to the Society’s collection, a Studebaker Izzer buggy.
Leonette (Schinkten) Tackenberg will share stories from her youth, “You Should Have Been Born Sooner—Hear What You Missed.” Leonette’s reminisces will take you for a walk along Cedar Street and down country roads. Being an only child and grandchild meant that she had many adults telling tall tales and explaining things. Also in the Village Chapel, will be a brief program about the history of apples.
Apple cake, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple cider donuts, apple cider and apple chili will highlight the concession menu.
Explore the Heritage Village with a self-guided tour during Apple Day on Saturday October 14, from 10 until 3. The Heritage Village is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings, demonstrations and activities is $6 for adults 18 years and older; a donation is requested in lieu of a child’s admission fee. For further information, contact the Society at (920) 421-2332 or Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society keeps history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society is a membership organization that operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.