Founded by a former Ohio judge, Silas Sawyer, in the 1850s, the area was first cleared for timber sales and then cleared for fruit orchards. At the northern end of Sawyer’s lakeshore is Warren Dunes State Park, where sand dunes rise over one hundred feet into the sky in front of miles of wide sandy beaches. The area attracted two religious communities to found Tower Hill Camp and Bethany Beach Camp along the shoreline, both in the first half of the 20th Century.

Downtown Sawyer has seen a recent resurgence in popularity attractions such as the immense Sawyer Garden Center and the award winning craft brewer Greenbush Brewery’s tap room. There is a casual pub, Fitzgerald’s, as well as a fine dining restaurant specializing in local ingredients, Soè. Much of the rolling countryside to the east of town is still planted with fruit and vineyards, and is central to the area’s many wineries—ideal for a summer drive or bike trip with stops for tasting or a picnic.

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