THIS ATTRACTION IS ClOSED PERMANENTLY. THIS IS A RECOUNTING OF A PREVIOUS VISIT IN 2010.
This summer we got a package deal on three Wisconsin attractions; House on the Rock, Little Norway and Cave of the Mounds. This was our first time at Little Norway. This attraction consists of carefully preserved artifacts and buildings from a Norwegian family that settled in Wisconsin in the mid-1800’s. Osten Olson Haugen and his family settled here and worked hard to earn a living in what has been referred to as Nissedahle, or “Valley of the Elves.”
We arrive at the main building and gift shop. Some friendly trolls adorn the entrance area. We will be getting a guided tour by a docent in native garb.
We begin our tour. The group is small since we are the first group and it’s now off-season. We view the first building just outside. She took us in and showed us around, also showed how some of the artifacts worked.
We continued the tour, the buildings were so beautiful and well taken care of.
We didn’t go in here, it’s a private residence of the family still living there. Notice the grass growing on the roof ? Makes it blend into the hillside.
The most striking building on the site is the Norway Building, featured at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.
Other great views.
We had a wonderful visit here. Unfortunately, there will be no other chances to see it. A farewell video was produced in Sept, 2015.
- Go Underground at Cave of the Mounds (lauriesportraits.wordpress.com)