By Tim Kowols
The National Park Service will study the possible designation of Site II at Rock Island State Park as a National Historic Landmark. In the late 1960s, students from Lawrence University did an archeological study on what was one of the first Native American settlements in Door County. The designation would provide extra protection to the land and make it eligible for federal grants. Rock Island State Park property manager Michelle Hefty says it would be another “feather in the cap” for the site, which was also home to the first white settlement in Door County.
It is unknown how long a study by the National Park Service would take, but it would be subject to a 60-day review by stakeholders once the report is released. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has owned the island and its buildings other than a Coast Guard lighthouse since 1965.