Velkommen to Stoughton, Wisconsin!

We camped outside of Stoughton, Wisconsin last weekend, at the Viking Village, which was The Martin Luther Orphan’s Home before becoming a campground in 1979. The orphanage was established in 1889 by the Norwegian Lutheran Church on 52 acres of land donated by Gjermund & Rebecca Skaalen.

Viking Village

Viking Village Dedication.

Fire destroyed the original home on Palm Sunday 1925, gratefully, no one was hurt. The photo below is the new home built in 1935.

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The main home which held 200 children and 20 staff members.

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School House rock!

The orphanage was completely self-sufficient raising their own livestock and crops, along with having their own schoolhouse.

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I’m guessing that the campground’s office on the right was the mess hall & the building on the left is the incinerator.

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This was our view.

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Our Site, 19

Saturday morning was surprisingly crisp and the chimney swifts were skimming the ground for insects (and bats worked the twilight hours). We got a quick dog walk in, but it soon started to storm. After a couple of hours of rain and no clear sign when it would end, we decided to head-off to the city of Stoughton to browse main strip.

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Breck and a succulent adorned duck.

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A well-kept, old Aerostream.

A non-Norwegian, Luke Stoughton, the city’s namesake, discovered the city of Stoughton, Wisconsin.  However, the town quickly became predominately Norwegian because of Targe G. Mandt (aka T.G. Mandt), a Norwegian-born businessman that opened The Mandt Wagon Works in 1865. As his business grew to one of the largest wagon companies in the area, more Norwegian immigrants came to live in Stoughton, making it one of the most predominately Norwegian towns in the country.

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Stoughton Millpond 429

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Must have been a union job…

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City Hall / Opera House

We found this town to be friendly & a great place to walk around for a bit. There are many boutique type shops, bakeries, antique stores, artists, a cheese house (Get the cheese curds!!) and many well maintained historical homes with many beautiful gardens.

Memory Garden

Memory Garden

We happened upon a well-maintained garden with many stunning flowers.

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Echinachea – Not sure of the flavor.

The campground is right across the street from Viking Park, a trail and dog park. The dog park is an island, too cool. We walked the outer trail and found a geocache on way.

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Our rings are our tokens to prove we were there, as we forgot our pen. Doh!

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Water Lily – I’ll need to come back to ID

This place is supposed to put on quite a Syttende Mai Celebration, which is the Norwegian Independence Day, May 17th. We’ll have to pencil that in for next year!

4 thoughts on “Velkommen to Stoughton, Wisconsin!

  1. How surprised I was to see the norwegian flag in a “norwegian” town. Many norwagians left for US a hundred years ago or so, so interesting to know more about what became of them.

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    • I thought you’d like this post! I had no idea Stoughton had any relation to Norway. We came here for the campground, but we’ll be back! The town is full of Viking culture, very friendly & well maintained.
      Illinois & Wisconsin is where many German (me) & Polish immigrants settled.

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