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Little Norway: A Unique Norwegian Treasure With Nisse in Wisconsin

I spent my early childhood in Wisconsin and another four years when my husband's job took him there. It is a beautiful and scenic state!

Little Norway Buildings in Wisconsin

Little Norway Buildings in Wisconsin

An Original Norwegian Pioneer Homestead

20 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin, in the southwestern part of the state is a charming little wooded valley that houses an outdoor museum filled with original structures (log cabins) built back in 1856. It is called Little Norway and it is definitely a unique Wisconsin treasure.

The person who decided to purchase 40 acres of land and settle there those many years ago was Osten Olsen Haugen from Telemarken, Norway.

Many other Norwegians also came and liked this region of Wisconsin because it reminded them of their homeland in Norway. The terrain in this part of Wisconsin has hills and valleys and happens to be near the highest elevation in the state, which is over 1,000 feet.

Little Norway grounds in the fall season of year.

Little Norway grounds in the fall season of year.

Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Blue Mounds is the nearest town. There is also a jewel of a cave called Cave of the Mounds, which has been designated a national landmark, nearby. Mr. Haugen was unaware of this beautiful cave when he decided to settle and rear his family in this area, as the cave was discovered long afterward.

The first abode was carved into the hillside and the cave sheltered them from the weather especially the cold winter. Anyone visiting this outdoor museum can see the location of where this family first lived.

First place in which they lived (cave in the ground) until the houses were built at Little Norway.

First place in which they lived (cave in the ground) until the houses were built at Little Norway.

As time went by, trees from the area were chopped down and made into log cabins. Not only was wood used for lodging, but it was also fashioned into furniture and eating utensils.

Wandering the grounds at Little Norway

Wandering the grounds at Little Norway

Wisconsin was a long way from Norway, and although a few treasures might have accompanied them on their journey into a new life, much of what they had was created by hand.

These old Grandpa & Grandma cloth dolls date back to the 1800s. On display at Little Norway

These old Grandpa & Grandma cloth dolls date back to the 1800s. On display at Little Norway

A freshwater spring was on the property and they protected this source of clear water and natural refrigeration with a covering to keep it unadulterated.

Farming and raising some cows, sheep, chickens and pigs is what sustained them for over 60 years. The acreage was expanded to about double the original size over this period of time.

Food was stored on a raised foundation of logs in a little cabin to keep rodents away and also protect it from the weather.

The Stabbur (storage house) used to protect food at Little Norway

The Stabbur (storage house) used to protect food at Little Norway

Slowly over time, more buildings were erected to house not only the farm animals, but the growing family. Mrs. Haugen's brother lived there and eventually had his own space.

Speaking of space, note the doorways as you look at these photos. Anyone of normal stature would have to stoop to enter these cabins if one wishes to avoid hitting one's head.

Note the height of the doorway!

Note the height of the doorway!

While people may have been shorter over a century ago, the space restrictions continue in how they lived inside their dwelling. The rooms were not large and the beds were very short. Pillows were piled high and the people back then (at least in this homestead) slept in a semi-sitting up posture.

One of the interesting twin beds, the frame of which was constructed out of logs, was fit into a corner of the room. The two conjoined beds fanned out adjacent to the two walls with one large square pillow in the corner. Four children we were told would have shared those two beds. In the center of where the beds met was a wooden seat to the front.

During the day, this seat and the beds would have offered seating for the family. This was an ingenious use of space!

As one takes a tour of these buildings hosted by guides dressed in authentic Norwegian clothing, the various Norwegian antiques which are appropriate to that era are on display.

Guides in period costuming at Little Norway

Guides in period costuming at Little Norway

The guides are able to explain the uses of some unusual looking wooden tools which were used for cooking as an example.

A bowl with two handles was used for drinking beer, we were told. Notches on the inside of the bowl were used for measurement.

Beer drinking bowl at Little Norway

Beer drinking bowl at Little Norway

Embroidery and carvings and rosemaling are all examples of the arts and crafts the people back then utilized to enhance and decorate their furnishings.

Most of the trim on the buildings are painted blue, which we were told is a typical favorite color in Norway.

Note the color of trim on buildings at Little Norway.

Note the color of trim on buildings at Little Norway.

The natural landscaping with the existing hills surrounding the valley, trees, and water elements make this a resplendent sight to behold.

The addition of blooming flowers with nisse and the pioneer buildings make this a most delightful place to visit while one learns of this one family's pioneer settlement in this location.

Beautiful landscape at Little Norway

Beautiful landscape at Little Norway

Nisse (Elves)

Scattered throughout the pretty grounds of Little Norway are cute little nisse, or elves. Norwegian children have been told stories for centuries about these elusive little figures who can be very helpful or mischievous depending upon how they are treated.

They are most helpful to families who count on them to keep watch over their farms and animals when they are away.

Nisse at Little Norway

Nisse at Little Norway

All they request at Christmastime is a bit of warmed porridge in a bowl dotted with real butter. A daughter from the household was generally the one to take this "gift" and leave it in the barn for the resident nisse to enjoy during the night.

Woe unto the household that neglected this bit of care-taking!

As one wanders the grounds of Little Norway, these cute little figures peer out at one from unexpected places keeping an eye on things!

This Homestead Changes Hands

Three of four daughters who were reared in this pretty tucked away valley married and started lives of their own.

Mrs. Haugen and her bachelor brother and one daughter continued to farm the land after Mr. Haugen had died but soon after 1920 they left. While the land was leased to other farmers the buildings became unoccupied.

In 1926, Mr. Isak J. Dahle purchased the property intending to make it into a summer home for his family. He came from Norwegian heritage and started putting his own vast collection of Norwegian pioneer antiques into these buildings which he had restored.

Naming the beautiful location Nissedahle, or Valley of the Elves, it has since become commonly known as Little Norway.

Mr. Dahle had the sod covered cottage built as well as the spring house. He also improved the drainage in the area, and today a picturesque stream meanders throughout the valley.

The prime attraction of this collection of structures is an early Christian Norwegian church that was built for display in the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Called the Norway Building, it was constructed in Trondheim, Norway, and after the exposition, it was moved to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Photo of the Norwegian styled church at Little Norway

Photo of the Norwegian styled church at Little Norway

Why did it end up in Little Norway? It had been purchased by the wealthy Wrigley family of Chicago and in 1935, Phillip Wrigley gave it to his friend, Isak Dahle. One last time it was carefully moved and now sits amidst the other unique buildings in this charming setting.

The church is carved throughout and must be seen to be appreciated. It has high roof lines with dragon heads peering outward from the gables standing guard against evil spirits.

Inside the church are carved faces of past (pagan) Norwegian kings and queens who look down upon visitors from their high positions on the overhead beams.

Some rare antiques are displayed in this church building as compared to the simple homespun and carved utensils found in the cabins. For instance, one can see an Edvard Grieg original manuscript dating back to 1873. In addition, there are fine antique silver, copper and brass items plus glassware, jewelry, china, cabinets, furniture and much more.

Little Norway was opened to the public for viewing in 1937. Millions of visitors have seen this peaceful valley with its unique and historic buildings and furnishings since that time. It is definitely a sight worth seeing and should not be missed if one is ever in that region of the state.

This author has visited Little Norway three times and notices different things each time of her visit. There is so much to absorb in the approximate one hour tour.

Tip: If you wish to spend a little more time in this bucolic setting before or after the tour, take a picnic lunch. Tables are provided and one can soak up the atmosphere a while longer before leaving this quaint and charming valley known as Little Norway.

Little Norway is definitely a unique Norwegian Wisconsin treasure!

Little Norway video

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 27, 2018:

DON'T let Polar Bear swimming interest you by the way. I can honestly say that's one of the DUMBEST things that I ever did in my life-I got a first-hand experience of what hypothermia feels like-had to go home and crawl under some THICK, HEAVY covers for almost an hour before my body temperature went back up!!!

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 27, 2018:

Good. We can carry our conversations there so that we're not clogging up this post that's supposed to be about Little Norway!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2018:

Hi Patrick,

It is surely a small world! My grandmother lived in her home on Okauchee Lake. As to Polar Bear swims...that would not interest me. Haha! Yes I am on Facebook. Just look at my profile page to find it.

Patrick Osterbrink on March 26, 2018:

Yes, I know that area well. Was actually in Oconomowoc yesterday when I drove out to photograph the Ingalls-Quiner homesteads which are northeast of Concord. I know the Okauchee area quite well also, used to get over that way more often when I lived at Lebanon, northeast of Watertown. I went polar-bear swimming for my first and only time in Okauchee Lake-NEVER EVER again!!!

Am also familiar with the Wisconsin Rapids area, I hail from just north of there at Mosinee-grew up on a farm there. I moved to Southern WI back in 1999 to take a job working with the railroad, which was something that i very much wanted to do at that time.

Once again, it's a pleasure meeting you-are you on Facebook at all?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2018:

Hi Patrick,

Sorry to hear about your knees. I can relate!

I grew up in the countryside of Wisconsin. Oconomowoc to be exact. I went to school in Okauchee. That is about midway between Milwaukee and Madison. Moved to Texas with my parents and grandparents at age 13. My husband and I then lived in Wisconsin Rapids for 4 years before moving back to Houston. It was a work assignment for him.

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 25, 2018:

Thank you for the feedback, Peggy. Yes, I will save the rest of it for my article, I just got excited and started going on here.

I have been a member of HubPages for like two years and have done next to nothing with it because I was working or busy trying to find work. Well, since my knees went bad, I have had a hard time finding any kind of work and found myself with all sorts of time on my hands, so I started looking at trying to use my writing skill to help me out and what better subject matter to write about than the things that I know and am passionate concerning Wisconsin and it's history? So here I am.

Where did you grow up in our great state anyhow, with the monastery right up the road? Would be interested in hearing more about it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2018:

Hi Patrick,

This all sounds fascinating regarding the history related to the Ingalls family. Instead of writing more as a comment why not share all of this in your own article published on HubPages? People may not find it here since my post was about Little Norway. It sounds like you may be able to write several articles from different perspectives and sources. Title them right and you will gain a lot of traction here on HP. The videos you referenced would be nice to have on your own articles.

There are (and were) lots of cheese manufacturers in Wisconsin which of course is the Dairy State. There was a monastery near where we lived when I was a child. The monks there made cheese to help support themselves. The cheese was great! I believe the land was sold some time ago and is now a residential development.

Looking forward to reading what you write.

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 24, 2018:

I've already found out more in the time since I typed my message this afternoon, from some documents which my neighbor loaned to me and of which I made copies.

One branch of the Ingalls family remained here in Jefferson County, with an A.P. Ingalls running the cheese factory at Milford, another small rural village just outside of Lake Mills. Apparently his cheese was quite popular locally, being sold in the grocery store in Lake Mills. This man died in November of 1890 and his cheese factory was sold to a H. Grell Company in 1894.

We can thank the late Dr. Roland Liebenow of Lake mills for this story. This amazing gentleman lived to the ripe old age of 94 and he was THE authority on local Lake Mills and the surrounding area history.

I knew this man personally and it was something how he would spend hours upon countless hours researching miniscule little details so as to give extremely accurate accounts of what he was writing about. I can only hope to accomplish a fraction of what he did in regard to recording local history. I believe that he had some Youtube videos up that I never took the time to watch completely. If you are interested, I could look the videos up and share the links with you.

The neighbor who loaned me these documents told me that a friend of his is a descendant of the Ingalls clan. I should ask my neighbor if I could meet with his man, it would be fun to hear the family history from someone who is descended from the Ingalls blood.

Thank you for your support and encouragement Peggy, you're spurring me on to want to share more things here on HubPages!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2018:

Hello again Patrick,

I will certainly look forward to your first article here on HubPages. It sounds very interesting. I believe that many people would be interested in reading it as those Little House on the Prairie books and television show based upon it were so popular. They are still occasionally viewed on reruns. Will be fun to learn more about the real people and where they came from as well as where they are buried.

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 24, 2018:

Peggy, I was just going over my post and realized that I didn't mention where the big Syttende Mai Festival that I mentioned is held yearly-it's in Stoughton.

Sorry I forgot to mention it- got so busy writing that I put the cart ahead of the horse!!!

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 24, 2018:

You are very welcome, Peggy. These are all things that I've discovered over the course of time as I do something that I like to do very much-ramble around on the rural back roads and through the small towns, learning as much about an area as I possibly can.

I currently live in Jefferson, was out doing some quick research for an article that I wish to put up very soon about the story before the Little House books, not far at all from where live is the tiny village of Concord, where Laura Ingalls Wilder's parents grew up on adjoining farms.

I was able to cheat a little, using information from an article written by a lady on this subject, I was able to quickly locate the rural crossroads where the Ingalls and Quiner (Laura's mother maiden name) were located, right up the road from each other.

I then drove down to another small village not too far away, Rome, WI, where a quick inquiry at the general store there yielded me the directions to the cemetery where Laura's grandmother, Charlotte Holbrook is buried. I easily found the graves of both Charlotte and her husband Frederick as there is a wooden marker next to them and took some pictures. Will have this story up ASAP!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2018:

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for all the additional information about the people from Norway or with Norwegian roots who settled in this area. Looking forward to reading some of your articles when you start writing them on HubPages.

Patrick Osterbrink from Jefferson, WI on March 23, 2018:

I have never been to Little Norway, but in my rambles around rural Dane County, I have certainly learned a lot about the Norwegian people and their heritage, particularly in the southeastern part of the county from Cambridge over to Stoughton. This is all tobacco-growing country and in the late summer you will see the local people out there in the fields harvesting this crop and hanging the green plants on long poles to be placed in one of the innumerable long, low barns that dot this area. Pretty much all the mailboxes through this region have Norwegian names. Of particular note through this region are the two sets of twin Lutheran churches at both East and West Koshkonong, about ten miles apart from each other. In both instances, there was a doctrinal division in the congregations with one group marching out and establishing their own church across the road from the other one. One other thing of note in this area is the huge Syttende Mai Festival held on the weekend closest to May 17, which is the date of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution on that date in 1814. I understand that there are Syttende Mai festivals in other communities across Dane County as well, I believe that Mount Horeb holds one every year.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2018:

Hi Paul,

I imagine that you are really looking forward to your trip back to your home state of Wisconsin. Hope you get a chance to see and do all of the things on your list. Little Norway is truly a beautiful place to visit.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on March 22, 2018:

Peggy, I vaguely remember riding through the area around Little Norway when I was a boy in the early 50s. My father knew a farmer who rented a farm near Mount Horeb and I can recall riding out to see him one weekend. This is an excellent article which is really illustrated well with your personal photos. Perhaps if I visit Madison on my trip to Wisconsin this summer, I will tour Little Norway. Thanks for sharing this great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Solvang sounds interesting as well. Have you written a hub about it? If not, you should! Hope you get to visit Little Norway in Wisconsin someday. The landscape is just beautiful as well as learning about an early Norwegian homestead. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 13, 2012:

This reminds me of Solvang, which is a Danish village here in the California mountains. It was a chance not only to see crafts from that country but to taste their great food. I hope I get to see Little Norway someday, because it's more likely I'll visit Madison rather than Norway. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2012:

Hi again amberld,

I just read it and will add it as a link to this hub also. Thank you! Interesting reading about New Glarus which is not all that far from Little Norway, both of which are situated in a beautiful part of Wisconsin. People may wish to see both areas.

Amber White from New Glarus, WI on March 29, 2012:

I wanted to let you know, I took your advice and wrote a quick hub this morning about New Glarus. I linked your hub to it also, since they are so close. Thanks for the inspiration!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012:

Hi amberld,

Little Norway was also one of my grandmother's favorite spots to visit as she was 1/2 Norwegian. It is such a beautiful spot! She also took us to House on the Rock. Missed seeing Cave of the Mounds and New Glarus. We now live in Houston so I don't know when we will be traveling back to Wisconsin. Have you written about those locations? If not, perhaps you should. Thanks for your comment.

Amber White from New Glarus, WI on March 28, 2012:

Nice Hub. My husband and I live just down the road from Little Norway in New Glarus, WI (America's Little Switzerland). We love Little Norway! Thank you writing about a lesser known treasure. We also just took our kids to Cave of the Mounds last year and they love it. House on the Rock is another fun place to visit not too far from Little Norway. Come check out New Glarus sometime soon, too! I loved seeing pictures inside the buildings of Little Norway, it's been about 10 years since we went there, not sure if the kids might get bored. It was one of my grandmother's favorite places to visit, she was Norwegian. Again, thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2011:

Hi Ben,

Hope you get to visit Little Norway someday in person. Photos can capture just so much. It is truly a beautiful setting! Thanks for your comment and compliment.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on October 18, 2011:

I love the springs in this area. Still haven't been to Little Norway though I've heard about it for years, great images and great writing.

Ben

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2010:

Hello Billy,

Little Norway is truly an interesting spot to visit. Just found a great video that I added to this hub...also one about Cave of the Mounds that is nearby and was discovered long after the Haugens had left this old homestead.

billyaustindillon on August 03, 2010:

Looks so cute with those little doors and Norwegiens are tall people too. Interesting history there with Norway and Wisconsin - I guess the cold kept them at home. I always enjoy reading about the Scandis and Baltic people.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hi MagicStarER,

It would seem we have much in common! Have you visited Little Norway? Having lived in Wisconsin, if you have not been there, you should make the effort to go. I think that you would really like it, especially being half Norwegian. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hello Misstikal1,

Thanks for the comment on my Little Norway post from Wisconsin.

MagicStarER from Western Kentucky on March 13, 2010:

I, too, am half Norwegian. I am also from Wisconsin. Thank you for writing about Little Norway!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2009:

Greetings nilsarnejohnsen,

My paternal grandmother was also mostly of Norwegian descent so I have about 1/4 Norwegian blood in me. She loved showing me Little Norway in Wisconsin although she was born in this country. I agree with you that sites like this help keep history alive. Like you...I would have no idea where kinfolk in Norway would still be living or what their names would be. Too bad! Thanks for your visit and comment.

nilsarnejohnsen from Sandnes, Noway on October 08, 2009:

This was interesting reading for a Norwegian. I know a lot of people left Norway for a better life in USA. I know I have som relatives there. But we don´t know their names or where they live. At my mother side (named Birkeland) her father left when the war came in 1945. This "Little Norway" keep the history of Haugen from Telemark. Keep on the good work.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 10, 2009:

Hello Tim,

My mistake and happy that you corrected it. I took the photo years ago and was working from memory. Little Norway is such a great and unique spot to visit in Wisconsin. Hopefully more people will swing by and see it for themselves if they are ever in that area.

Thanks! Do you live near there?

Tim Neuenschwander on August 10, 2009:

Just a heads up, if anyone running this Hub cares: That picutre with the girl standing near a cabinet with the caption:"Inside of the church which holds an impressive collection of antiques." That IS NOT the inside of the church. I believe that is inside the main family home. It is definitely NOT in the church.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2009:

Hello Jerilee,

I would agree with you and it is fun discovering the hidden treasures in each one. Wisconsin has Little Norway and other treasures as well. Should write about a few others... Thanks for your comment.

Jerilee Wei from United States on July 18, 2009:

I'd love to see this if I ever get back that way. Lots of states like Wisconsin have hidden treasures that few outside ever hear about.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2009:

Hi Ethel,

Little Norway is indeed a unique Wisconsin treasure! Happy that you got to see the beauty even if long distance. You live nearer to Norway than Little Norway in Wisconsin. My aunt and uncle got to visit Norway once and loved it. I'd like to see it someday if possible. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 18, 2009:

What a lovely place to visit Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2009:

Greetings FreedomChic1776,

Nice to see a new face! Glad you liked this and thanks for commenting.

FreedomChic1776 on July 17, 2009:

Great hub! I especially enjoyed the first picture with the gnomes and the saying.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2009:

Hello RedElf,

You'll find some red capped elves there! LOL Wondering which are the other top 10 places you wish to visit? Thanks for commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2009:

Glad that you liked this, Kiran. Thanks for commenting!

RedElf from Canada on July 17, 2009:

I had heard of Little Norway through friends, but had no idea it holds such unique and interesting treasures. Thanks so much for sharing them. It is now in my top ten places to go visit list - thanks, Peggy!

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on July 16, 2009:

One more place that I would like to visit. Thanks a lot for all the ineresting details peggy :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hi Melody,

You are my faithful traveling companion! LOL Thanks as always for your comment.

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on July 16, 2009:

A good hub as always, thanks for taking me to Little Norway.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hi Kari,

I've got about 1/4 Norwegian blood in me also. Hope you get to visit Little Norway someday. Think you'll like it. Thanks for the comment.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on July 16, 2009:

Peggy, I really need to make it out to see this one day. My grandmother was from Norway, so I know a little about it. Your pictures are wonderful and your hub makes me want to see this place! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hello Jodi,

Yes, I have seen the very same sod roofed place in Door County with the goats nibbling the grass. And yes, I also like Swedish pancakes and meatballs. Door County, Wisconsin is a beautiful place. My parents actually honeymooned there many years ago! Thanks for dropping by and leaving your great comment.

Jodi Hoeksel on July 16, 2009:

This is lovely! I would love to visit as well. Have you ever been to Door County Wisconsin? They have a lot of Scandinavian Culture as well. My family would go every autumn when I was young! There is a great restaurant there called "AL Johnsons" which has a sod roof with goats on top! They have the most amazing Scandi meals... What heaven to have Swedish pancakes and Swedish meatballs for breakfast! YUM!! lol - I am of Swedish descent we belonged to a Scandinavian Club in Illinois (near Wisconsin) and celebrated all Scandi holidays... parents Folk Dancing around the May pole etc. Great hub, you brought some fond memories to me!! Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hi Pete, Yes, the nisse watched over them and were helpful IF they were good. But beware if one displeased these little guardians. LOL Fun to read about the tales...

Your book arrived the other day and now I can read 500 Years from Home from cover to cover.

Pete Maida on July 16, 2009:

That is a place to visit in the summer. I am not as hardy as the people from Norway or Wisconsin. It sounds like those little elves practiced extortion.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hi Lupo,

Yes, I also learned about the nisse. Ha! Thanks for your posted comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2009:

Hi Gypsy Willow,

It certainly portrays how early Norwegian settlers coped with settling that area. Honestly I do not remember any concession stands. Obviously they have water and restrooms. If you decide to visit there...take your own picnic and tea with you. Thanks for your quick comment.

Lupo from Boston Area on July 16, 2009:

Interesting place and an interesting post.

Funny about the elves all over the place too.

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on July 16, 2009:

This looks like a magical step back in time to another country. I would love to visit one day, do they sell cups of tea?