History

The history of Horseshoe Bay Farms reads like a good novel. Great characters traveling through time, interacting with a unique piece of property. Successes, tragedies, hardships overcome, all providing many surprises along the way. The constant: the deep abiding love the owners and workers had for the property from generation to generation, and the pride the residents of Door County felt in this amazing place.


The Early Days
As white settlers Jacksonport cordwoodstarted to plant roots in Door County, what did the property look like and how was it used?
United Fruit Growers Co.
Vintage UFG Boat (2)The first venture on the land was a development initiative to sell summer cottages and build a private golf club.     

Murphy Farms
Barn Construction Hen houseFarm operations began under 2 UFGC Board members from the Murphy family. Hence the initial naming of the Farm.
Horseshoe Bay Farms
When Farm 2Frank Murphy took full title to the farms in 1925, he renamed the property after its location …Horseshoe Bay.
HB Farms Development
MM 4Descendants of Frank Murphy push ahead with his dream of a great development and a top flight golf course.

The Players
1922_(14)_Sis_&_Grandpa_MurphyMeet the owners over the life of the farms and some of the people who worked and managed the farms.