Sister Bay Historical Society Raises Funds to Preserve ‘Little Sister Resort Barn’ | WFRV Local 5

SISTER BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Traditional Door County resorts are slowly becoming things of the past, but the Sister Bay Historical Society tries to ensure that their important history is preserved.

“The Little Sister Resort is the last of Sister Bay’s older resorts, so we’re preserving a piece of this resort’s history,” said John Fletcher, vice president of the Sister Bay Historical Society.

The previous owners had to sell in the fall of 2020 when the operation of the station was no longer possible.

Martha Luber Pelrine, the former owner of the complex, said: “The barn played a huge role. It all started as a dairy farm. The cows were gone by the time we started the station but we had horses in there. We had square dances in the loft which were an absolute blast.

When demolition seemed like the only option, the Historical Society and other concerned citizens stepped in to save the barn and cabins.

Paula Anschutz, Managing Director Sister Bay Bowl said: “There were 8 cabins here and these are moved for rental and accommodation. I move them to my property in Appleport and they will all become housing.

The Historical Society said it needed $100,000 to $150,000 to complete the move of the barn to its new permanent home two miles away.

Stefanie Devooght Burke, president of the Liberty Grove Historical Society, said: ‘It took a few weeks to get the building structurally sound and stabilized on the inside, and then they just started the lifting process and removed it from the original foundation.

The former owners of the barn say they are happy that it is preserved.

“It’s so wonderful to see these old buildings preserved and the cabins used as living quarters all over the county,” Luber Pelrine said.

Once the barn is in place, fundraising begins again. Organizers need funds to preserve the barn and turn the interior into the center of Sister Bay history.

If you would like to get involved in the project, you can contact the Sister Bay Historical Society here.

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