Ephraim, Wisconsin

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Ephraim is a village in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, known for its beautiful views of Eagle Harbor and the bluffs of Green Bay and its charming white buildings. It is located across Eagle Harbor from Peninsula State Park. The population was 353 at the 2000 census.



The village was founded in 1853 by the Reverend Andreas Iverson as a Moravian religious community. The steeples of the Moravian Church and the Lutheran Church are the landmarks of the village as seen from Eagle Harbor. The home of Reverend Iverson, as well as the Anderson Store, the Anderson Barn and History Center, the Pioneer Schoolhouse and the Goodletson log cabin are preserved by the Ephraim Historical Foundation and open to visitors as museums. The Ephraim Historical Foundation also offers walking tours of the village.

Since its founding, the village has prohibited alcohol sales or manufacture within the city; it is currently the only dry municipality in the state of Wisconsin. There have been two referenda concerning the sale of liquor within in the village, in 1934 and 1992. Both times the citizenry voted decisively to keep the village dry (with majorities of 59% and 74%, respectively).[3]

Geography and climate

To the west is Peninsula State Park; to the east and south are unincorporated parts of the town of Gibraltar. Ephraim is located at 45°9′23″N 87°10′16″W / 45.15639°N 87.17111°W / 45.15639; -87.17111 (45.156509, -87.171047)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²), all of it land.

The highest point in the village (at the north end of North Orchard St.) is about 788 feet (240 m) above sea level, or 210 feet (64 m) above the surface of Green Bay.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 353 people, 161 households, and 112 families residing in the village. The population density was 90.6 people per square mile (34.9/km²). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 197.8/sq mi (76.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.15% White, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.28% of the population.

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