words are adequate to describe the maritime feel of the Manitowoc/Two
Rivers area, The unmatched quality of businesses which have
operated here for decades, The European heritage evident in
cultural events or the strength of agricultural tradition.
You have to experience it all.
From the native people who hunted large animals, pulled fish
from teeming waters or gathered natural foods from the landscape,
to the first French explorers, fur traders and missionaries
of the 1600s, this region provided for its inhabitants in
abundance. When European and Canadian folk, pioneering beyond
the Atlantic coastal developments two centuries ago, were
attracted to the region, they found hundreds of streams and
rivers pouring into an inland sea through vast uncharted forests
and wilderness. They established settlements, along with restless
residents of the eastern United States who were searching
for cooler climates or a new livelihood.
The legacy of these pioneers is manifested by the lakeshore
cities of Manitowoc (pronounced Ma-nih-toe-wok') and Two Rivers,
on the eastern edge of the state of Wisconsin.
A fishery, established near the site of today's Rogers Street
Fishing Village in Two Rivers by French Canadians from Quebec,
put in place a thriving commercial fishing industry which
continues today. The County of Manitowoc, established in the
1830s, was also home to missionaries from various Protestant
denominations. These religious pioneers laid the foundation
for the vibrant spiritual community in modern Manitowoc/Two
In 1847, the first wooden sailing vessel was crafted in the
area, a modest precursor to the shipbuilding industry which
produced schooners and clippers used for fishing and trading
in the Great Lakes and beyond the St. Lawrence Seaway. In
addition, landing craft, tankers and submarines became the
local contribution to U.S. efforts in World War II. You'll
find more than 100 years of Great Lakes maritime history and
adventure at the Maritime Museum.
But the citizens of Manitowoc county have not been too content
to rest on past laurels. In fact, preserving the past and
making it work in the present go hand in hand here. Pinecrest
Historical Village, with 25 buildings preserved in a natural
setting, features original log homes, a general store from
the 1870s, an 1890s cheese factory and much more. A wide variety
of seasonal programs and events keep the county's past alive.
One of the fine examples of commemorating cultural history
is The Masquers, a community theater group which worked to
save the Capitol Theatre. The venue staged its original opening-night
gala in Manitowoc in 1921. Today, the Capitol Civic Centre
complex includes meeting and reception areas, a movie museum
and facilities for more than a dozen arts, music and theater
groups, thanks to The Masquers and the generosity of Mrs.
Helen Schuette, as well as many other patrons.
Mix a long tradition of quality education, dating from our
earliest schools, and the enjoyment of our beautiful outdoors
over the decades, and you'll find that Manitowoc County (from
the Chippewa word "Munedoo-owk" meaning "The Place of the
Good Spirit") has always been and continues to be a wonderful
place to live, build a business and raise a family.
Take a few minutes to "visit." We're sure you'll find what
you're looking for.
find more than 100 years of Great Lakes maritime history
and adventure at the Maritime Museum.