Heritage Village at Big Creek will wrap up its series of Door County historical presentations for the season on Oct. 6, when Barb Chisholm discusses the history and legacy of one of the most devastating fires in Wisconsin history—the Peshtigo Fire. The presentation takes place at 2 pm at the Village’s Collins Center.
The Peshtigo Fire was a forest fire on Oct. 8, 1871 in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. The fire caused the most deaths by fire in United States history, killing as many as 1,500 people—and some say that the number might actually be closer to 2,500—as well as destroying over 1.5 million acres of land. The fire was so intense that it jumped several miles over the waters of Green Bay and burned parts of the Door Peninsula.
Heritage Village at Big Creek is located at the intersection of Highway 42/57 and Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. For more information, visit doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org.