Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066861 Published April 2009

My Kind of County

Door County, Wisconsin

John Fraser Hart

My Kind of County

John Fraser Hart

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

192 pages | 64 color plates, 20 maps, 3 diagrams, 1 chart | 6-1/2 x 9
Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9781930066861 Published April 2009
The shores of Door County, Wisconsin have long served as an idyllic retreat for Midwestern families. The region’s scenic beauty is augmented by a rich history that reflects the classic American experience and John Fraser Hart now pays homage to the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” in this engaging chronicle.

A renowned scholar and a summer home owner in Door County for over fifty years, Hart possesses intimate knowledge of the physical geography and cultural history of the region. With his incisive geographer’s eye, he charts the gorgeously sprawling landscape that draws more than two million visitors annually, including the limestone bluffs along Green Bay that loom as high as 200 feet. He also explores Door County’s agricultural heritage—including the famous cherry orchards—as well as the difference between the Green Bay and Lake Michigan sides of the peninsula, and the quiet interior region. The book then turns to the cultural aspects of the region, examining diverse topics such as the history of the first ethnic European settlers, the tourist economy, and the settlements’ primarily Belgian architecture.

Detailed maps and vibrant photographs complement Hart’s engaging prose, making My Kind of County the perfect gift for day trippers, summer residents, and geographers alike.

Preface and Acknowledgments


I. The Land


II. The Waters


III. The Woods


IV. The Farms


V. The Orchards


VI. The Visitors


VII. The Belgians


VIII. The Bay Side


IX. The Quiet Side


X. Epitome


Appendix: A Historical Tale


Gallery of Maps and Diagrams




About the Author

Review Quotes
Arnold R. Alanen, University of Wisconsin—Madison

My Kind of County is an obvious reading choice for those who are Door County residents or visitors to this renowned place. It will appeal to a large segment of the book-buying public and not be limited to academics.”

William G. Laatsch, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay

“It is an exceptional person who can capture the nature of a landscape as graphically as Fraser Hart. With straightforward language, he gracefully integrates Door Count’s rock, wood, and water with the activities of farmers, fruit growers, seasonal and permanent residents, visitors, and the significant Belgian community in southern Door. This is a good read for the armchair traveler and an indispensible read for the resident or visitor, each of who will experience many ‘ah-ha’ moments as they meet a few of the county residents and, with newly acquired insight, roam the villages and countryside.”

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