My Kind of County
Door County, Wisconsin
Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press
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.
“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.”
“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.”