The Door County Historical Society will celebrate Apple Day on Sunday, September 25th at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The Village will extend its hours from 12-3:00 pm and sample Door County’s lesser known fruit.

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 Vignes School 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 to talk about the Kohl’s Fish House, and in the Madden Tool Museum volunteers will continue to apply mortar to the logs. Also on display will be the newest artifact to the Society’s collection, a Studebaker Izzer buggy. Apples, cider, and homemade apple desserts will be available for sale.

Explore the Heritage Village with a self-guided tour during Apple Day on Sunday, September 25, from noon until 3:00. The Heritage Village is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings; cider press, apple peeler collection, cider press, mortaring and blacksmith demonstrations, is $5 for adults 18 years and older; no admission fee is charged for children. Apples, cider, and apple desserts are available for purchase. For further information, contact the Society at (920) 421-2332 or


The Door County Historical Society is a membership organization dedicated to keeping history alive for future generations through the collection, preservation and sharing of the heritage of Door County. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

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