Great Lakes 2005 – The 5th Day

Lighthouse Fond du Lac

One of the many flyers I had picked up on my way to Lake Winnebago announced that the “Walleye Fest” would take place in Fond du Lac, a town at the southern most point of the lake on the upcoming weekend.

Walleye is a fish which was on offer in fried form at the festival. Numerous food booths aside, there were live concerts, several sports competitions and, of course, a fishing competition.

The photo shows Lakeside Park where the festival took place.

Fond du Lac Park

After visiting the Fond du Lac lighthouse...

Fond du Lac Lighthouse

...I immersed myself in the festival with enthusiasm.

Fond du Lac Park

When I had had enough of the hurly-burly, it was time for a dose of culture, in the form of history, to be precise. Like many other American towns, Fond du Lac has a small open-air museum: Galloway House Village. The main building and several other buildings reassembled on the museum’s premises show the life of the people who lived in this area 100 years ago (and even before that).

Log Cabin

In the first building, a log cabin built by one of the first settlers in this area, I was lucky to find and admire two antique quilts which were being used as decoration. Not QUITE historically accurate however – especially the Crazy Quilt on the bed was unlikely to have been used by the original inhabitants of the cabin.

Antique quilt

Antique Quilt

The main building also boasts a few quilts but these are not originals, but reproductions made by a local quilt guild.

Main Building

A very nice gentleman explained the architectural and historical details of the main buildings to two other visitors and me. When he heard that I was visiting from Germany, he immediately showed me his badge: Mr. Fritz was – as many people living in this area – of German descent.



As you can see on the pictures, the family who lived at Galloway House already had many amenities at their disposal, e. g. a very early model of a telephone. The many musical instruments also indicated that this was a wealthy family. The kitchen equipment made very evident that household chores were really hard work back then. Contemplating the very heavy iron made me want to kneel down in gratitude in front of my modern steam iron which I simply have to plug in to produce a constant supply of lovely steam to remove any wrinkle as if by magic.

In the Historical Society’s exhibition, two other quilts waited for me among a multitude of historical artefacts: a wonderful Crazy Quilt and a Log Cabin quilt. Unfortunately, both quilts were not treated with as much respect as they deserved and the way they are displayed will certainly not contribute to their longevity.

Crazy Quilt

After this visit, it was high time to resume my original itinerary round Lake Michigan. I passed by the towns of Manitowoc and Two Rivers although each would have offered the sighting of a glorious lighthouse. But I had to press on because my next motel in Sturgeon Bay was still many miles ahead. Another detour, this time not a minor one or of my making added several miles to this tally and so I had to save the Kewaunee and Algoma lighthouses for another trip, too.

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