I had a great time in Little Norway–right next to Mineral Point, WI. Very historic area. This little place was fascinating–they call it the ‘valley of the elves’–a Norwegian family purchased the farm many moons ago and now it is a tourist attraction. Here is the link if you want to look around:
null [null] Little Norway Web Site [littlenorway.com]
Nestled in a beautiful valley hidden in the foothills of Blue Mounds, WI Little Norway has another more romantic name, the name chosen by its founder, Isak Dahle, which suggests more vividly the sense of magic that pervades this lovely valley: Nissedahle, or valley of the Elves. From littlenorway.com
Before any of the buildings were built the family lived here. Can you imagine the Missus? She comes over on a long journey, is exhausted and the husband says, “Here honey, look what a great home I found for us to live in!”
A flock of flox.
Carved depiction of a king and queen in Norway. Each village had their own. She's not overly pretty is she?
Here is the food storehouse. The prettier and more carved it was the greater the social standing of the owner. It is raised up to keep the mice out.
The local goats like to walk the roof and munch the grass.
The buildings are authentic Norse architecture, simple and durable. One has a growing sod roof; another, the spring house, is peaked by three cupolas and most of them are trimmed with warm, fresh blue that is typically Norwegian. From the littlenorway.com website
The red tulips were absolutely gorgeous.