June 11 &14-2013
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.
On the right is an antique store.
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.
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.
Other buildings up the street. We walk over the Yahara River that flows under the city.
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.
Just off Main Street is the Sons of Norway lodge and the Stoughton Historical Museum.
We had a great couple of visits so far. More later after exploring the other historic districts.
- Coffee Break (ivivalavidai.wordpress.com)
- Coffee Break. (triguide.wordpress.com)
- Everyone needs a coffee break… (coffeebreakoftheday.wordpress.com)
- Let’s FIKA! (sharonishappy.wordpress.com)
- Fika (uncafependiente.wordpress.com)