Monthly Archives: September 2013

Coon Valley, WI


There’s a lot to explore in southwest Wisconsin.  Last week I got in the car and drove over to Coon Valley and Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center.  If you’ve never been, Norskedalen is certainly worth the drive.  Norskedalen consists of about 400 beautiful acres of valley and forest.  And they have (tastefully) reconstructed several 19th century Norwegian-built log houses.

Coon Valley and much of Vernon County were largely Norwegian settled.  And with marginal land of forested valley floors and open ridge tops, much of that early settlement history has been preserved.  Below are some highlights from the trip.  I located five log houses and expect there to be a ton more to discover.

Episcopal Church, Brownsville, MN

I love carpenter gothic Episcopal churches.  Check out this link for more information about Richard Upjohn and his influence on 19th century religious architecture.

This particular church was built in 1869 and sits in Brownsville, MN in Houston Co. along the Mississippi River.  And about the colors?  I don’t know.