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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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Stoughton Opera House – A Great Venue!


Velkommen to Stoughton!

Stoughton is a city of 12,000 fifteen miles south of Madison. What a beautiful city!  It boasts 4 historic districts. The Stoughton Opera House is located in the Main Street Historic District.  It’s most striking feature is the tall clock tower that can be seen all the way down Main Street. A prominent landmark in the city, the Opera House was constructed in 1900-01.  It had fallen into disrepair and neglect in the 1980’s and the city decided to restore the building.  The end result is enjoyed by the public now with many performances throughout the year.

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We met with the Opera House Event Coordinator Christina Dollhausen. She was very kind and gave us a tour.  The beauty of the building was breathtaking!  We went into the auditorium first. The seats are the originals, made of mohagany, all restored. They are a little hard for a long show so bringing a seat cushion is recommended.

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The view was even better from the 3rd floor, and she turned on more lights to bring out the blue trim going around the edge of the stage.

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The light fixtures really add an elegant touch as well.  Here is one of the wall sconces up close. Fleur-de-lis and bouquets accent the light. The biggest wonder though is the huge chandelier overhead.  Because of the difficulty involved, the light bulbs are only changed yearly.

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We then went backstage and saw the “graffiti” left by performers long ago.

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The view from backstage looking towards the audience is just as impressive.

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We had a great tour, and recommend to anyone to come visit.  Christina or other staff will be happy to give you a tour also.  Stoughton has a lot to offer to residents and visitors alike. Come here for a show!

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