Welcome to Stoughton, WI
Founded in 1847, the City of Stoughton is known for it’s annual Syttende Mai Celebration in May as well as being the birthplace of the coffee break. Stoughton also boasts one of the few remaining second story theaters in the midwest – the beautifully restored Stoughton Opera House. Located just 15 miles south of Madison, Stoughton is a city not to be missed!
Stoughton may be one of the most beautiful small towns in the Midwest. Featuring Victorian-style architecture, tree-lined streets, and friendly citizens, Stoughton rests near the banks of the Yahara River. This meandering river is perfect for taking a relaxing canoe or kayak ride. In addition, Lake Kegonsa, a lake of over 3,200 acres attracts boaters, paddlers, and anglers, many of whom lay claim to catching some of the abundant pan fish, walleye, and bass.
If education is of interest, Stoughton is home to two private grade schools; however the Stoughton school district also has excellent public schools, with its own high school, middle school, and four elementary schools.
Stoughton is a vibrant community with a rich Norwegian flair. The Stoughton Historical Society Museum displays for its visitors examples of Norwegian crafts, such as needlework (hardanger), woodcarving, and rosemaling (Norwegian Rose Painting). Stoughton has a rich history of supporting local arts groups. Enjoy the live performances of Stoughton Village players or sit back and enjoy entertainment from the Stoughton Opera Company.
You may want to visit downtown Stoughton and take in some of the shops that offer antiques, art, toys, holiday and other seasonal items, wine, and even baked goods. Most of these shops are locally-owned and located in historical buildings. Stoughton’s local industry offers a strong economy featuring employers in retail, constructions, manufacturing, utilities, real estate, and finance, and more.