There are several conflicting stories about how Egg Harbor got its name. One of the favorites, however, has to do with an incident that allegedly occurred in 1825, 28 years before the village was founded and 36 years before it gained official status.
As the story goes, six boats owned by Pierce Roulette, a French fur trader, were headed for Mackinac Island. Along with other supplies, the boats carried a large number of eggs. One day, Commodore Roulette ordered the paddlers to put ashore for lunch in a sheltered cove.
Traditionally, the commodore's boat led the others. This time, however, another boat took the lead. The commodore ordered the other boat to fall back, but the paddlers refused. Then, the story goes, the crew of Roulette's boat began throwing eggs at the other boat. That boat's crew retaliated and soon both boats and their crews were covered with raw eggs.
However the village came by its name, it is today a popular destination for visitors longing for simpler times.
A leisurely stroll downtown delights the eye with shops, galleries and restaurants located in lovingly restored historic buildings and in newer buildings that capture the village's old Wisconsin charm.
Located just outside of Egg Harbor is the Birch Creek Music Center, a nationally acclaimed music academy. Evening concerts in the barn at Birch Creek are a tradition for Door County's residents and visitors alike. In the spring, Egg Harbor glows with the colors of daffodils, tulips and other flowers.
In October, business owners and residents deck their properties with pumpkins, scarecrows and other fall decorations for the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival, a favorite weekend with visitors.
Egg Harbor's charm and beauty will linger in your mind and bring you back again and again.
For more information, contact the Egg Harbor Business Association (May through October) at (920) 868-3717.
Map of Egg Harbor .