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Near Ellison Bay in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Hotz Estate

 
 
The Hotz Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
1. The Hotz Estate Marker
Inscription.  In 1917, Ferdinand Hotz of Chicago purchased 1,015 acres of land which later became Newport State Park. He thought this was the finest place on earth, and in 1919 he began building an estate that would include the log cabin, carriage house, and outhouse that you see here. The estate overlooked Europe Lake.

Under the careful stewardship of the Hotz family, the land recovered from the logging era. In 1967, the family began selling their land to the state of Wisconsin for Newport State Park. Hotz's stewardship ethic is carried on today in the wilderness management philosophy of the park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
Location. 45° 14.07′ N, 86° 59.856′ W. Marker is near Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker can be reached from County Highway NP, 3.4 miles south of State Highway 42, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at Lot 1 in Newport State Park Wilderness Area. Fee area; a vehicle admission sticker is required. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay WI 54210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
2. The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse
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7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pilot Island Site (approx. 4 miles away); The Clearing (approx. 4 miles away); The Skipper (approx. 4.1 miles away); Rudder from the "City of Glasgow" (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ellison Bay (approx. 4.4 miles away); Niagara Escarpment (approx. 4.4 miles away); Nature of Sister Bay (approx. 6.8 miles away); Village of Sister Bay (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellison Bay.
 
More about this marker. photo captions:
Carriage House
Outhouse   The outhouse as it looked before renovation. The outhouse was restored and moved to this site in 1995 with the help of the Newport Wilderness Society.
Hotz Cabin   The cabin was completed in 1920. In 1978, the State of Wisconsin purchased the final parcel of the Hotz property, which included the cabin and outhouse.
A private party purchased the cabin in 1985. He dismantled the cabin log by log and reconstructed it on Cliff Top Road, south of Sturgeon Bay.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wisconsin Historical Society. Photograph of Ferdinand Hotz with the Emperor Maximilian Diamond. (Submitted on June 17, 2014.) 

2. The Door County Photographs of Ferdinand Hotz. (Submitted on June 17, 2014.)
 
The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
3. The Hotz Estate Marker and Outhouse
Newport State Park Wilderness Area image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
4. Newport State Park Wilderness Area
Newport Bay and Lake Michigan are in the distance.
Newport State Park Wilderness Area Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 8, 2014
5. Newport State Park Wilderness Area Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 17, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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