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Taking a Coffee Break in Stoughton


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We had not really spent time in Stoughton before, so it was time for a visit.  We stopped first at the Chamber of Commerce to gather information. It’s in the train depot. The historical museum is there also, we learned a lot here. The city is well-known for its strong Norwegian heritage, their cultural festivals reflect that. The Norwegian art form, Rosemaling, is prevalent here. We also learned the coffee break was invented here. They have a festival every August to celebrate.

Stoughton has four official Historic Districts,  we were in the Main Street Historic District. We explored here first.

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On the right is an antique store.

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You never know where you will find interesting people, just talk to them 🙂  We saw an open door in one of the buildings with a group of retired gentleman enjoying a relaxing morning. The invited us in to look around. They made birdhouses and were also making a large model airplane.  One of the men showed us a wood planer his grandfather had made around 100 years ago. They also GAVE us  bird house, wouldn’t accept payment. Here were a couple of cute items in the window.

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We soon arrived at the Stoughton Opera House,  Event coordinator Christina Dollhausen gave us a tour. We were so impressed, we were back Friday (June 14) to see “Honor Flight: The Movie” being show there one night only. The Opera House looked real beautiful at sunset.

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Other buildings up the street. We walk over the Yahara River that flows under the city.

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At the end of the street is the rather impressive Senior Center located by the river.  Across the way is the mural at the top of the page.

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Just off Main Street is the Sons of Norway lodge and the Stoughton Historical Museum.

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We had a great couple of visits so far. More later after exploring the other historic districts.

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