STURGEON BAY, WI (September 20, 2016) – Back by popular demand, the Door County Historical Society invites you to “There’s a Tavern in the Town,” a narrated bus tour of Door County’s Historical Taverns on Saturday, September 24. 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. “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.”
The concentration of bars in Wisconsin and Door County is representative of its strong tavern culture. The saloons were the first multi-purpose rooms, used for dance halls, church services, town meetings, schools, and even fighting rings. Through the years, so many of Wisconsin’s older tavern properties have lost their historic character or have simply disappeared.
Pull up a barstool and experience 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 the Heritage Village at Big Creek (2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay) on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 am and will return about 3:00pm. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Guests will enjoy a broasted chicken and ham luncheon with all the trimmings. You will have two beverage tickets for sampling, and a “hoppy” time for sure. Tickets are available until 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. 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.