Ellison Bay moved a step closer on June 15 to creating a regional center celebrating the Niagara Escarpment.
The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County (GEO-DC) purchased a home from Paul and Judith Flottman across the street from the Grand View Overlook to be used as the home of the Niagara Escarpment Interpretive Center.
The center will be home to exhibits and visitor information and serve as a base for programming, hikes and lectures.
“The escarpment is of global importance, but many people still don’t know what it is,” said Liberty Grove Town Supervisor Nancy Goss. “I’m from Baileys Harbor, I grew up playing on the bluff, and never knew about the importance of it. We want to make people aware that we live on this incredible piece of geology and history.”
Liberty Grove Town Chairman John Lowry said the town sees economic potential in the center.
“Presentations by representatives from the Bruce Peninsula in Canada demonstrated that the center could have a tremendous economic impact as a draw,” Lowry said.
The Bruce Peninsula celebrates the escarpment with two days of seminars each year and boasts the Bruce Trail, a footpath that spans 890 kilometers along the escarpment.
“The Canadians are very far ahead of the U.S. in raising awareness and celebrating the escarpment,” Goss said.
A private foundation and the Raibrook Foundation have contributed to the project, while the Town of Liberty Grove contributed $15,000 from its room tax funds to help the organization purchase office equipment.