Marker 98: The Orchards of Door County

© Photographed Erected 1960 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
 44° 52.815′ N, 87° 20.17′ W

In 1858 Joseph Zettel, a native of Switzerland, acquired the farm directly south of this Station and established the first commercial orchard on the Door Peninsula. The high yields and quality of his fruit aroused the interest of Emmett S. Goff of the University of Wisconsin and Arthur L. Hatch, orchardist, and led to the discovery that the Peninsula is remarkably suited for fruit growing. In 1892 Goff and Hatch planted a small acreage to cherries, apples and plums. Commercial production of red cherries began in 1896. The University of Wisconsin established this research station in 1922 to help advance the fruit industry. Progressive growers, community leaders, and thousands of pickers from distant places have shared in bringing Door County national recognition as a fruit-producing area.
The marker is located at a highway turnout on northbound Egg Harbor Road / State Highway 42, about a half-mile north of its intersection with State Highway 42 / State Highway 57, near the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 State Highway 21, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235.

 Headed southbound on Egg Harbor Road / State Highway 42

Marker 98 is next to the fire marker
for Peninsular Agricultural Research Station.

Signage on southbound Egg Harbor Road / State Highway 42,
leading to marker location (a similar sign is on northbound side)


Maribeth Wester said...

How wonderful to find your site, and with my great great grandfather honored and remembered in this way! My grandmother was Elva Zettel, who married Walter Wester.

Melinda Roberts said...

Thank you, Maribeth, for stopping by. I'm always thrilled to hear from family members of the people honored on the markers. Have you checked out the Door County Library newspaper archive? Joseph Zettel and other family members come up quite a bit in a search:

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