Door County boasts a rich and fascinating history, some of which you can still explore today. One of these historic sites is the Alexander Noble House in Fish Creek! The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and once belonged to a prominent member of the Door County community during the late 1800s. Find out his story and what makes this home a must-see during your visit to the Wisconsin peninsula.
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History of the Alexander Noble House
In 1856, Alexander Noble left his native Scotland home and moved to the Chambers Islands. After transforming the island into a busy lumber camp, he once again moved with his young family to Fish Creek. Here, he became one of the city’s founding fathers along with a wide array of other occupations. During his time in Fish Creek, he operated as the town’s blacksmith, postmaster, farmer, town and chairman, and county board member. In 1875, he built his own home on a corner right off of Fish Creek’s Main Street, a piece of land whose grant was personally signed by Abraham Lincoln. Today, the home stands as the oldest remaining residence in the city.
One notable achievement of the Alexander Noble House is it was the first home in the community to be built from lathe and plaster. All other homes before this one were built from lumber.
3 Things to Do at the Alexander Noble House
Docent-Led House Tour
Take a look inside of the oldest home in Fish Creek during the Alexander Noble House Tour! Although the house has been restored, nothing that belonged to the Noble family was thrown away. You will be able to see the original furnishings and artifacts they used as you tour through ten rooms. It’s the perfect way to receive a dose of what life in Door County was like nearly 150 years ago. Tours are offered daily from June to mid-October.
Take a stroll through Fish Creek with a walking guide as you learn interesting facts about life in the town during Alexander Noble’s time all the way to present day. Walking tours are only held during the summer season and begin at Old Town Hall.
Ghost Trolley Tours
Could the Alexander Noble House be haunted? Many locals believe the old home houses a number of spirits. Some have even experienced strange happenings in the house including hearing children laughing when there was nobody else present, the feeling of someone placing a hand on their back, and sightings of a tall man’s apparition. One of the most horrifying incidents, however, has happened several times to visitors taking the Ghost Trolley Tour. After taking a photo in front of a mirror, a man’s face appears in the picture beside them. If you’d like to chase the supernatural in the Alexander Noble House and other seemingly haunted locations in Door County, the Ghost Trolley Tours are for you!
Experience Door County’s History During Your Stay at The Ashbrooke
After a full day of exploring the local history, come back to The Ashbrooke for some well-deserved relaxation! Located in the heart of Door County, our adults-only hotel offers numerous amenities including luxurious rooms, an indoor pool and easy access to all of Door County’s great restaurants, museums, galleries, and more. View our specials to find out how you can make the most of your trip!
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