History of Viking Village
On November 1, 1889 in Madison, Wisconsin the Norwegian Synod of the Lutheran Church established the Martin Luther Orphan’s Home. This was to be a home for children orphaned by disease, epidemics, poverty and war. In 1894 the Home was relocated on a 52 acre site outside of Stoughton on land donated by Gyermund and Rebecca Skaalen. By 1898, between 90 and 120 children were being cared for. Fire destroyed the girls dormitory on Palm Sunday in 1925, and the boys dormitory in 1934. The two story red brick building at the top of the drive was the nursery and girl’s dormitory and was rebuilt in 1927. In 1935, the light brick building was built to house the boy’s dormitory and workshop. During this time the orphanage was home to nearly 200 children and 20 employees. The home was totally self-sufficient, raising its own livestock and crops and educated the children in the school house (the building that registration is in.) In 1940 the direction of services changed its focus from orphans to troubled youths.
Viking Village Campground was established in 1978 and has been owned and managed by the same family for nearly 40 years.
No pavilion rental at this time.
Come Camping at Viking Village Campground!
We are within easy driving distance of Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison. Our 71 campsites are situated in the beautiful countryside surrounding Stoughton Wisconsin. Stoughton is enviably at the heart of a sportsman's mecca, an oasis for the weekend camper, a paradise for outdoor recreation. Visitors can enjoy four of Wisconsin finest lakes, challenging golf courses, and a variety of other recreational activities.