Troll Statues – Mt. Oreb, WI

Troll statues in front of Open House Imports in Mt. Oreb, Wisconsin

Mt. Oreb, Wisconsin is located near the western part of Madison, Wisconsin. The town’s Main Street is known as the Trollway because of its many troll statues. But you can find life-size carvings of trolls all through town. Mr. Oreb  is also known as “The Troll Capital of the World.”

In 1993, when the Route 18/151, a four-lane bypass threatened to impact the downtown retail district by drawing traffic away from the area, statues of trolls began to spring up in the Village. Luckily, the trolls benefited the town and soon facilitated its growth as a tourism destination.

Carved from tree trunks, and sometimes painted, the trolls (creatures from Norwegian folklore) depict a variety of themes, such as the gardening troll and the troll on a tricycle.

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Trolls can be found at the following locations:

  • State Bank of Cross Plains
  • Mound City Bank
  • Village Inn Motel
  • Family Dental
  • Garden Bump
  • American Family Insurance
  • Open House Imports
  • Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
  • Adler-Lunder Building
  • Mount Horeb Telephone Co
  • Military Ridge Bike Trail
  • Little Norway
  • The Grumpy Troll Tavern (whose wood-carved sign features the face of their grumpy tavern mascot).

Many of the whimsically carved wooden trolls found around town were created by resident woodcarver, Michael Feeney, aka, “The Troll Carver of Mount Horeb.” He operates The Wooden Chicken, a studio where he sells both small and large collectibles of trolls and other creations.

The town mascot is known as Jorgen, a troll (person in a costume) with a long fuzzy white beard and a big nose. He can be found at many events throughout the year!  Jorgen loves to stop and pose for the cameras.

Trolls were introduced into the community in 1966, when the owners of a Scandinavian gift shop called Open House Imports began selling Norwegian Troll figurines and placing trolls they had imported from Norway outside on their store to entice visitors into their shop.

See also The Valley of the Elves, Mt. Oreb

Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
(The Troll Capital of the World)
PO Box 84
300 East Main Street
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Email: infor@trollway.com

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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