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Little Norway. Nestled in a beautiful valley twenty miles west of Madison, hidden in the foothills of Blue Mounds WI. is a charming and unique outdoor museum known as Little Norway. It has another, more romantic name which suggests more vividly the sense of magic that pervades this lovely valley: Nissedahle, or Valley of the Elves.
Little Norway is the largest privately owned collection of Norwegian antiques in the United States. On the National Registrar of Historic Places, Little Norway is also the oldest privately owned museum in America. The buildings are authentic Norse architecture, simple and durable. One has a growing sod roof, the spring house, is peaked by three cupolas and most of them are trimmed with warm, fresh blue that is typically Norwegian.
In addition to the cluster of log farm buildings there is the magnificent Norway Building modeled after a twelfth-century Stavkirke (Norwegian church), of the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893, complete with dragon heads at the peak of the gables. This building contains an impressive and colorful collection of folk objects from both Scandinavia and America. For many people Little Norway begins and ends with this fascinating building. However, once you spend time in our valley you will come to appreciate the extensive collection show cased in this farmstead that time seems to have forgotten.
Norskedalen (The Norwegian Valley) - Nature and Heritage Center, Coon Valley, WI.
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