Pinecrest Historical Village
“Someone had a dream and today we see partial fulfillment of that dream,” declared Armond Kueter in opening remarks of the dedication of Pinecrest Historical Village on June 26, 1977
The man who had that dream was the late Joseph J. Rappel, who had been a Manitowoc school teacher, and Mrs. Hugo Vetting and her husband, who wanted her girlhood home preserved and donated the 40-acre site to the Manitowoc County Historical Society for the village.
Kueter said “this village is dedicated to the citizens of Manitowoc County”.
On November 13, 1969 the Board of Directors met to consider a generous offer from Hugo and Eleanor Vetting for the donation of their 40-acre homestead for the purpose of creating a historical village.
At the annual meeting on November 25, 1969 a motion was made by Ruhl Kluczinske, seconded by Francis Blahnik, and unanimously carried by voice vote to accept the donation of the 40-acre Vetting property.
The Board of Directors supported the wish of the Vetting’s that Eleanor’s childhood home, the Sorenson Family house, be moved to the site as soon as legal transactions were completed. Action was taken immediately to move the Sorenson home to its new location to begin Pinecrest Historical Village.
Today, the recreated Pinecrest Village features over 30 structures gathered from throughout Manitowoc County.
Click on the structures below to discover our Museum Campus: