Cottage Grove is a community of 3,700 sixteen miles from Madison. Not only does my brother and his wife live here, they have many fun events we enjoy going to. It also has an active Historical Society located in Flynn Hall, a historic building adjacent to Fireman’s Park. Its main function was Town Hall, it was built in 1900 and in 2010 celebrated its 110th Anniversary. The building now houses the Cottage Grove Lions Club and the Cottage Grove Historical Society.
Historical Society docent Deanna Wollin is usually on hand when the museum is open. She is happy to explain about artifacts or help you track down information about Cottage Grove. For appointments to see the historical society room and its contents, call her at 839-4470.
The Granger Movement also had a foothold here, a political group that formed after the Civil War.
One of Cottage Grove’s big events is the Hog Day Breakfast in Flynn Hall on or close to Groundhog Day. It’s a fundraiser for the Lions Club. A black pig named Sir Arthur predicts spring’s arrival. A yummy breakfast is also served.
A couple friends of ours in the Lion’s club, Tod and Darlene Bernarde, act as the VIP’s in this event, and take Sir Arthur outside to see if he sees his shadow. We posed for a picture together too that showed up in a newspaper article about this fun event.
In the early summer the Fireman’s Festival is a big draw. It kicks off with the Hot 2 Trot Run/Walk to raise money for the volunteer fire department. We ran in 2012 and Photographer Mindy ? took our picture near the finish line (gave permission to use). Then a big parade was next. Then festivities at Fireman’s Park, including a Calkin’s Midways carnival and music.
The fall brings the community together again during Olde Town Days in September at Olde Town Center. It features wagon rides, food by the 1855 Saloon (great place to eat!) and live music.
Another great place to eat is also at Olde Town Coffee House, also at Olde Town Center. Great way to start your day with breakfast or lunch, and a hot cup of coffee.
Enjoy your stay in Cottage Grove, where everyone is your neighbor!