The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present its program “Earliest Settlements” Feb. 4 at 1 pm at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Interesting and even humorous, it will cover the shoreline and inland settlements from the southern county line to the northern islands – about 52 settlements total.
In 1835, Increase Claflin was listed as the first white settler in what was to become Door County in 1851. Because of the county’s topography, the first settlers were fishermen, loggers and stone-quarry workers. Some stayed on as more families came to farm the land that was opened after the forests were harvested, and eventually tourism followed.