History Program: There’s a Tavern in the Town!  

Pull up a barstool and join the Door County Historical Society as it embarks on “There’s a Tavern in the Town,” a narrated bus tour of Door County’s Historical Taverns on Saturday, February 27. The concentration of bars in Wisconsin is representative of its strong tavern culture. Through the years, so many of Wisconsin’s older tavern properties have lost their historic character or have simply disappeared.

Each rural crossroads had three things in common: a church, a school and a tavern. Within a stone’s throw, you could get education, salvation, and…damnation! Stopping at five old time saloons, you will explore Wisconsin’s tavern history as featured in author Jim Draeger’s “Bottom’s Up!” and have a wonderful lunch, too.

Draeger claims that “Bars are a means to learn about Wisconsin’s people…Since Wisconsin’s territorial days, there has been great moral ambiguity about the tavern and its proper place in our culture. Some see the tavern as a symbol of freedom and enjoyment, others as a den of corruption and vice. Maintaining the balance between our needs for libation, socialization, and entertainment with our desire for moral order, accountability, and moderation has been difficult and the pendulum has historically swung to both extremes…Due to this struggle, the bar is an architecturally complex and ambiguous space, and its evolution over time is both fascinating and turbulent.”

This is a history mystery tour; you’ll be surprised by the stories of the places you visit as well as those of taverns along the way. The bus departs from Sturgeon Bay City Hall parking lot (corner of 4th & Michigan) at 10:00 am and will return about 3:00 pm; please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Guests will enjoy a family style baked chicken and ham luncheon with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, salad, dressing, bread, coffee and dessert. You will have two beverage tickets for sampling, and a “hoppy” time for sure. Registration deadline is Saturday, February 20 or when the bus sells out!

The program fee for guests is $65; member fee is $60. To make your advance reservation, mail your check to the Door County Historical Society office P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay 54235 by Saturday, February 20; reserve early to ensure your barstool! For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332 or email Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com


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.

Media Contact:

Trudy Herbst

(920) 421-2332


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