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Sevastopol in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Town of Sevastopol

Orchard Country

 
 
Town of Sevastopol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2018
1. Town of Sevastopol Marker
Inscription.  
Sevastopol is the heart of Door Peninsula's famous fruit orchards.
Swiss immigrant Joseph Zettel planted the first orchard one mile from here in 1862. His State Fair apple exhibit led University of Wisconsin scientists Emmett Golf and Arthur Hatch to create research orchards nearby in 1892. Fruit production flourished in this lime rich soil and mild climate.

"Cherryland USA"
The first cherry orchard was planted in 1896 and Sevastopol soon boasted the largest orchards and the most cherry trees in the U.S. The peak of cherry production was from 1920 to 1960. Since then, disease, pests, severe winters, and poor profits have reduced production.

Tommy’s Road Side Market
John and Antonia Tomjanovich came to Door County from Zlobin, Yugoslavia in the early 1920s. In the 1940s, they opened a roadside market in front of their house. Because the name Tomjanovich didn't easily roll off the tongue, they named their stand "Tommy's." The stand closed in the late 1960s.

Why Sevastopol?
The town was named in honor of Sebastopol, a Black Sea port that famously fought off invading armies in
Marker detail: Joseph Zettel (foreground, right) and family display their renowned orchard, c. 1900 image. Click for full size.
Photo credit: Door County Historical Society, July 20, 2018
2. Marker detail: Joseph Zettel (foreground, right) and family display their renowned orchard, c. 1900
Their apples won awards at the Chicago Columbia Exhibition in 1893 and Pan American Exhibition in 1901.
1855. The town clerk incorrectly registered a "v" instead of a "b" and it was never changed.

Steve Laubenstein and his wife, Kate, opened a new store in 2009 across the road from the original "Tommy's." They named it Grandma Tommy's Country Store in honor of Steve's grandmother Antonia.

(photo captions)
• Joseph Zettel (standing foreground, right) and family display their renowned orchard circa 1900. Their apples won awards at the Chicago Columbia Exhibition in 1893 and Pan American Exhibition in 1901. (Photo credit: Door County Historical Society)
• Surrounded by cherry orchards, the picker’s camp and canning factory of the Reynolds Preserving Company await the July 1930 harvest season. (Photos courtesy of Tom Reynolds)
• “Cherry Cheesecake” photos and enticing flyers lured young men and women to the cherry camps. About 10,000 pickers were hired each summer by Door County growers.
• Antonia Tomjanovich, 1968 (Photo courtesy of Steve Laubenstein)
• Tommy’s Road Side Market, Garden Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Photo courtesy of Steve Laubenstein)
 
Erected by Door County Coastal Byway, Federal Highway Administration, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 44° 51.857′ N,
Marker detail: Help Wanted Flyer<br>Wanted! - 750 Pickers – July 15th to August 15th image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Help Wanted Flyer
Wanted! - 750 Pickers – July 15th to August 15th
$30,000 Paid for Picking 30,000 Heavily Loaded Trees • Pleasant Outdoor Work
Modern Camp for 300 • Home-cooked Meals
Also Auto Camp Site
Recreation, Work, Health, Money
87° 20.381′ W. Marker is in Sevastopol, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 42 and Forest Road, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 42. Marker is located on the east side of the highway, just north of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4020 Wisconsin Highway 42, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Fortunate Mix (here, next to this marker); The Orchards of Door County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bradley Crandall Sawmill Site (approx. 2.4 miles away); Steam Barge Joys (approx. 2.6 miles away); ‘Old Bell’ Tower (approx. 2.7 miles away); Historic Sturgeon Bay (approx. 2.7 miles away); 110-114 North 3rd Avenue (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hay Hardware (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker consists of two large, rectangular, composite plaques, mounted at eye-level, on the south-facing side of a heavy duty wooden-frame kiosk.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Door County Coastal Byway
 
Also see . . .  History of Sevastopol. When the Norwegian Moravians of Fort Howard moved to Sturgeon Bay in 1852 four of them settled a few miles north of the future city in the Town of Sevastopol near the mouth of Sturgeon Bay. These four were H. P. and Jacob Hanson, Louis Klinkenberg and Salvi Salvison. In 1856, we come to the men who felled Sevastopol's great forest and converted the land into the rare
Marker detail: Tommy’s Road Side Market, Garden Fresh Fruits and Vegetables image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Steve Laubenstein
4. Marker detail: Tommy’s Road Side Market, Garden Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
farming tract it now is, John Haux (Hocks), Jacob Crass and Joseph Zettel. The first was Dutch, the second German and the third Swiss. Joseph Zettel deserves particular mention because it was due to him more than to any other man that Door County became famous as a fruit growing section. He started to plant fruit trees in 1862 and by 1890 he had forty five acres in apples - the largest orchard in the state. (Submitted on March 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Door County Coastal Byway<br>(<i>adjacent panel; to left of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2018
5. Door County Coastal Byway
(adjacent panel; to left of marker)
Discover the true spirit of Door County. Travel this scenic byway as it loops 66 miles along the Green Bay bluffs and through the dunes and bays of Lake Michigan. Explore lighthouses, nature preserves, and historic communities to discover Door County's unique sense of place.
Town of Sevastopol Marker Kiosk (<i>wide view looking north; Wisconsin Hwy 42 on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2018
6. Town of Sevastopol Marker Kiosk (wide view looking north; Wisconsin Hwy 42 on left)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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