By Tim Kowols
The Door County Coastal Byway Committee hopes receiving designation from the state and federal historical register will help preserve a series of stone fences in northern Door County. The stone fences were used to help mark property and keep animals contained in areas where it was nearly impossible to dig fence posts. Many of the stone fences were threatened with removal by the Department of Transportation as it planned a series of road construction projects in the area. The Door County Coastal Byway Committee is in the process of getting individual towns to jump on board with efforts to map the fences and learn more about the fences themselves and the people that built them. Ann Miller from the Door County Coastal Byway Committee says protecting the history of the area is important.
According to the State Historic Preservation Office, only six fence sites have been designated as archaeological sites in the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database. Miller says the town of Liberty Grove has joined the effort while the town of Gibraltar declined.