When you visit Door County, you’ll see history come to life. Twelve thousand years ago, early nomadic residents made Door County their home. Two thousand years ago, early permanent settlements appeared on the peninsula. The most recent permanent Native American and European settlers arrived centuries ago. The Alexander Noble House in Fish Creek is the perfect place to uncover a piece of the area’s fascinating history.
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History of the Alexander Noble House
Alexander Noble, one of Fish Creek’s founding fathers, moved to the Chambers Islands in 1856. During his time in Door County, he served as the town’s blacksmith, postmaster, farmer, town and chairman, and county board member. The Noble House was built in 1875 on the busiest corner in Fish Creek, and today it stands as the oldest remaining residence in town.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an authentic example of a Greek Revival farmhouse. It’s also the first home in the community constructed from lathe and plaster. In contrast, all other homes before this one were built from lumber.
3 Ways to See the Alexander Noble House
1. Docent-Led House Tour
Take a look inside of the oldest home in Fish Creek with a docent-led house tour! Although the house has been restored, all of the original furnishings remain intact in the 10-room house. A museum tour is the perfect way to see what life was like in Door County at the turn of the century!
Note: Tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday from June to mid-October. Admission to the Noble House is five dollars per person and includes a docent-led tour. Please check the Gibraltar Historical Association site for more details.
2. Walking Tour
Step back in time with a guided historical walking tour through Fish Creek. You’ll learn interesting facts about the town’s architecture, industry, and heritage from Alexander Noble’s time to the present day. Walking tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer and begin at the Old Town Hall.
3. Ghost Trolley Tours
Is the Alexander Noble House haunted? Many locals believe many spirits live within the old home’s walls. Some visitors have even reported a man’s face appearing in photos of a mirror beside them.
If you’d like to see for yourself, take a Ghost Trolley Tour. You’ll learn bone-chilling stories of Door County’s spirits and perhaps encounter a ghost first-hand.
More for History Buffs in Door County
The Alexander Noble House is just one of many unique, historical hotspots on the peninsula. The Cana Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1868, is the most photographed lighthouse in Door County. President Andrew Jackson ordered its construction, and Civil War veteran William Jackson was the lighthouse’s first keeper. This landmark is full of history, and a visit here is one of our favorite things to do in Sturgeon Bay.
Why You Should Stay at The Ashbrooke
After a full day of exploring local history at the Alexander Noble House, come back to The Ashbrooke for some well-deserved relaxation! Our adults-only hotel is in the heart of Door County and offers premium amenities to all our guests. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool, soak in our 12-person whirlpool, or use the cardio equipment in our fitness room. Every morning, wake up to complimentary rolls, coffee, and muffins in the lobby before you embark on your next Door County adventure. When you stay at The Ashbrooke, you’ll be close to Egg Harbor’s best restaurants and attractions. Make the most of your next vacation by booking a stay at The Ashbrooke!