In the spring of 1835, Increase Claflin, the first permanent white settler on the Door County peninsula, built his log cabin on the shore of Little Sturgeon Bay.
This peninsula, almost a hundred miles long, was then a vast forest of pine, maple and beech, their trunks often many feet in diameter, having grown unmolested for hundreds of years. From shore to shore this forest was unbroken except for the bright sheen of its many sparkling lakes. The bear, the deer, the fox and all the smaller animals and rodents that had their lairs and nests in the caves and fissures of the limestone cliffs, led a peaceful existence, and the trout and whitefish that gamboled in the surrounding waters were unbelievably numerous, for there were few hunters and fisherman to trouble them. Far up on Mink River, near the northern end of the peninsula, was a small village of Potawatomi, and on Riley’s Point, east of Little Sturgeon Bay, was a larger village of Menomini.

This first pioneer of Door County was a man whose manly qualities and excellent character it is a pleasure to contemplate.   From old men who knew him and from recorded descriptions we know that he was a man of unusual energy, resourcefulness and industry; furthermore that he was intelligent and fearless and just and fair in his dealings, which made him a good neighbor.   These sterling virtues were his principal inheritance from a long line of hardy Yankee ancestors leading back to the beginning of white mans settlement in New England.

Luthier, Charles Townsend takes inspiration from the pioneering spirit of his ancestors. A guitar player since 1985, Charles seized the opportunity to reinvent himself in 2015 and learn the craft of guitar building.