The Primitive Shoreline – White Cliff Road

By Myles Dannhausen Sr., Bay Point Innkeeper, for the Peninsula Pulse

White Cliff Road. Today it’s a name synonymous with wealth and prestige, but last summer a simple garage sale sign reminded me of a time when this road beneath the tall cliffs of Egg Harbor’s Niagara Escarpment was home to the most primitive of Door County living.

I spotted the garage sale sign where White Cliff Road meets Highway 42 at the center of the Village of Egg Harbor. It’s not everyday that you find a garage sale on roads like White Cliff or Cottage Row, so it sparked my curiosity.

When I finally found my target, I entered the driveway of the R.W. Peterson Cottage. Just to the left the long abandoned logging trail I remember from boyhood summers was still visible in the woods. For years that trail was the only way to get to the Peterson cottage.

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The Peterson car packed and ready for the road to Egg Harbor.

The Peterson car packed and ready for the road to Egg Harbor.

An early campsite at the Peterson Property.

An early campsite at the Peterson Property on White Cliff Road.

An early "pleasure boat."

An early “pleasure boat.”

Audny, Clara, R.W. Sr., and R.W. Jr.

Audny, Clara, R.W. Sr., and R.W. Jr.

The Peterson Cottage, long before White Cliff Road grew prestigious.

The Peterson Cottage, long before White Cliff Road grew prestigious.

R.W. Peterson near his boathouse on White Cliff Road.

R.W. Peterson near his boathouse on White Cliff Road in Egg Harbor.