One of Manitowoc County's "hidden" treasures is about to become more valuable.
Pinecrest Historical Village is nestled into 60 acres a couple of miles west of Manitowoc, and contains 25 historic buildings that depict village and farm life in the county from the 1850s to the early 1900s.
The Manitowoc County Historical Society recently purchased the Meeme House Inn, a stop for stagecoaches and travelers along the old Green Bay Road that spanned the stretch from Green Bay to the Illinois border. A tavern is located on the first floor, with lodging rooms and a ballroom on the second floor. It is believed to be the only stagecoach inn along the route with its original livery stable, which also will be moved to Pinecrest in February.
The addition of the Meeme House Inn, built in 1847, will be a boon for those who enjoy taking a leisurely step back into time. The historical society envisions some fixup and allowing overnight stays there eventually, which would prove an exciting addition to the menu of Pinecrest's historical offerings.
Visitor comments about Pinecrest are overwhelmingly positive. Of the seven people who ranked their visit on tripadvisor.com, six rated it excellent or very good. The other visitor to rate it "poor" did so because he and his companion were the only ones in the village at the time. For some, that is the charm of Pinecrest, it is an unharried stop that allows ample time and elbow room for exploration.
"This village is incredibly well done. An easy stroll takes one from an early cabin through a complete village. Each building is very well curated - extremely enjoyable," said a visitor from Aurora, Colo.
The historical society enhances the Pinecrest charm by scheduling timely special events, including its popular Holiday in History during the Christmas season. The halls will be decked in period splendor on Dec. 14-15 as visitors get a chance to relive the beauty of Christmas past.
Its Hungry for History series features a meal and historic presentations, such as the upcoming Dinner With Eleanore Roosevelt, with historical re-enactor Jessica Michna on Nov. 16.
Other events planned include a Wild West Show, 1870s showcase, and tractor show/thresheree.
If you are not familiar with Pinecrest Historical Village, take some time to check it out. You won't be disappointed. The addition of the Meeme House Inn will only add to the rich tradition of this hidden Manitowoc County treasure.