Norwegian heritage joins Main Street charm in Stoughton, located about 20 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin.
“Velkommen til Stoughton,” said Laura Trotter, executive director of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce. “Come experience our genuine hospitality with a Norwegian flair. Our Norwegian Heritage tour is our most popular group tour. A day in Stoughton can include a Norwegian luncheon with cultural demonstrations, a trip to Livsreise Norwegian Cultural Center and a tour of our beautifully restored Opera House. Whether or not you are Norwegian, you will enjoy hearing how Stoughton invented the coffee break or learn how wagons and tobacco shaped our history. Add in a little exploring of our lovely downtown shops and you’ll start to feel a little Norwegian.”
Stoughton Opera House
Take a seat at the Stoughton Opera House and enjoy a musical or theatrical performance. Originally opened in 1901, the theater has been fully restored and is known for its fine acoustics. Groups of eight or more enjoy discounts, and free motorcoach parking is available. Guided tours are available during business hours.
Stop at Livsreise, Stoughton’s Norwegian heritage center. Livsreise is a Norwegian word that translates to “life’s journey.” The center includes interpretations of the immigrant journey from Norway, features the cultural heritage brought to Stoughton and shares stories of immigrants. Changing exhibits highlight Norwegian heritage and arts organizations.
Head to downtown Stoughton. Visit the wide assortment of locally owned boutiques, shops and galleries located in Victorian and early 20th-century commercial buildings, largely built between 1860 and 1910. Crafters and artisans sell art, antiques, gifts and jewelry. Purchase one-of-kind Stoughton souvenirs and other treasures.
Sons of Norway Lodge
Enjoy an authentic Norwegian lunch at the Sons of Norway Lodge. Arrange a demonstration on Norwegian crafts, art or Stoughton history. Topics include rosemaling (decorative painting on wood), Hardanger embroidery, the distinctly Norwegian Hardanger fiddle (similar to a violin but with eight or nine strings) and acanthus carving.
Stoughton Chamber of Commerce