The heart of downtown Sturgeon Bay was once known for cherries and shipbuilding because it was originally home to the Fruit Growers Cooperative and the Peterson Boat Works. The Fruit Growers Cooperative brought many of Door County’s cherry growers to Sturgeon Bay in order for their harvests to be pitted and canned. Around the same time (1907), the Peterson Boat Works began its rich history of building world class vessels ranging from commercial tuna boats to navy mine sweepers until operations ceased in 1995. Several of the 100-year-old buildings have been set aside for residential conversion, creating unique living experiences. High ceilings, large windows, and old timbers are all a part of the past and future of The Shipyard.