Welcome to Door county Wisconsin's contribution to the American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP), an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories. For more information about our group, including how you can join us, please see the home page for the AHGP Project. Should you wish to host a Wisconsin county, contact Tim Stowell or go to his website. flag


Door county is known as one of America's most spectacular destinations, where visitors can combine year-round recreation with exploring its rich history. The county is named after the strait between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island, a stretch of open water that maintains the secrets of many shipwrecks. French explorers first encountered the dangerous passage, and named it Porte des Mort Passage, which in English means "Death's Door Passage".

Door county boasts more state parks, more miles of shoreline and more lighthouses than any other county in the U.S. Situated on a 75 mile long peninsula and surrounded by Green Bay on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east, Door county accounts for more than 300 miles of shoreline. Ten lighthouses provide guidance in and around its harbors and dozens of islands.

On the following pages are excerpts from one of the definitive works of its time, Door County Wisconsin, The County Beautiful written by

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