Historical Society Dinner Program to Focus on The History of Lily Bay

The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “The History of Lily Bay,” presented by Clyde “Hap” Smith on April 23, 6 pm at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay.

Lily Bay is located in Sevastopol Township, just north of Sturgeon Bay. Commercial fishing and lumbering were the big business interests. The hamlet was thriving with a post office, store, sawmill, cooper shop, blacksmith shop, boarding house, and several family homes. Historians estimate that 85-100 people lived and were employed at Lily Bay. Goodrich boats made regular calls to load the millions of board feet of lumber that came out of the sawmill and were destined to Milwaukee or Chicago. The tourism industry developed during the 1930s and the area gradually shifted to a residential and vacation area. Today, all of the buildings are gone except the former cooper shop, now the Lily Bay sawmill, and Wester’s Fish House, now a residence.

Smith, professor emeritus of Ohio State University, was born, raised and vacationed near Lily Bay until his retirement to Sevastopol in 1987. He has more than 35 years of research and teaching experience in veterinary science.

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant is located at 10698 N. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay. The April 23 dinner includes a choice of Swedish Meatballs with mashed potatoes and green beans or pasta primavera. A Scandinavian bread tray, dinner salad with lingonberry vinaigrette, dessert, coffee, tea or milk accompanies each dinner selection. Dinner and program fees are $21 for members and $25 for guests. Plan to arrive a few minutes early for check in and seating; doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner begins at 6 pm.

Make reservations by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, PO Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. The reservation deadline is April 17; space is limited. For more information, call 920.421.2332 or email [email protected].


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