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The Chamber of Commerce is an association of business owners formed in 1918 to encourage the growth of commerce and community. Continuing that tradition today, the Chamber, through its many programs, events and community involvement, plays a proactive role in the development and promotion of the Mt. Horeb area while preserving the natural beauty and positive qualities of a small, midwestern town.

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Visitors to Mt. Horeb are treated to a quaint, well-maintained community dating back to the early 1800s. Officially named in 1861 by an English lay minister, Mt. Horeb is a biblical name chosen because of the high elevation and natural beauty of the area. Among the many settlers from Europe, the Norwegians brought along their traditional trolls, thus the "Troll Capital." Today, Mt. Horeb is known for the many life-size trolls carved into tree trunks along its main street, now dubbed "The Trollway." Visitors and residents can be seen taking a leisurely "Troll Stroll" to enjoy these unique characters.

While Mt. Horeb has maintained its link to the past with the preservation of many of its antique buildings and homes, the Village is also an up-to-date, full-service community for its residents and those of nearby communities. The bustling business district and nearby mall, offer every type of business and service that a community needs to be completely self-sufficient.

Mt. Horeb is especially proud of its municipal services, providing its own electric utility, police department, recreation department, public library and all-volunteer fire department. The new Fire Department facility houses the very latest in fire fighting and emergency equipment for its top rated EMS and Fire Department. The public school system is rated among the best in the state.

Mt. Horeb residents enjoy a small-town atmosphere which brings with it a spirit of community and neighborliness. Residents take great pride in their community and actively contribute to the welfare of the Village through participation in the numerous organizations and churches which abound in Mt. Horeb. The community cherishes its residents of all ages. Families with children live side-by-side with retirees. Mt. Horeb actively assists senior citizens through its outreach program. Area people generously support programs which provide food and clothing to people in need.

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Mt. Horeb is conveniently located in south central Wisconsin on State Highway 18-151 just 16 miles southwest of Madison, the state's capital. Since Mt. Horeb lies halfway between Madison and Dodgeville, residents can take advantage of excellent employment opportunities in these municipalities. Strategically located in the heart of Wisconsin's most vibrant tourism area, visitors and residents alike enjoy proximity to many attractions including House on the Rock and Wisconsin Dells. Just two hours to Milwaukee, three hours to Chicago and five hours to Minneapolis affords residents quick and easy access to major metropolitan areas, while enjoying gracious country living.

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Several unique attractions are located in and near Mt. Horeb. Just minutes away, take a guided tour of Little Norway, an 1850s Norwegian pioneer homestead furnished with Scandinavian antiques and featuring the stave church built in Norway for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also nearby, explore the Midwest's most significant underground cavern at Cave of the Mounds, a designated U. S. National Natural Landmark. In town, enjoy the unusual Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum featuring the world's largest collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia. The Mt. Horeb Area Museum, owned by the Historical Society, professionally displays the history and artifacts of the area to history buffs of all ages. Just minutes away, visit the award winning Botham Vineyard & Winery offering tours and samples in their antique barn and wine garden.

From January through December, Mt. Horeb hosts many events and festivals that appeal to athletes, lovers of art, music and folklore, fun seekers and shoppers. (See the Calendar of Events on this map.) With so much to do, stay over at one of Mt. Horeb's accommodations: a full service hotel with a large indoor pool, a mid-town motel or country-style bed-and-breakfast.

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Mt. Horeb is proud of its recreational opportunities. The Village has developed a state-of-the-art Aquatic Center and a number of fine public parks. A full-time Recreation Department coordinates a broad range of activities year round for fun-seekers of all ages. Stewart Lake Park adjoins Mt. Horeb offering fishing and cross-country skiing. Nearby Brigham Park offers rustic camping and hiking. The views are spectacular from the observation towers at Blue Mound State Park, the highest point in southern Wisconsin. The Park also features camp sites, an outdoor pool, picnic areas, hiking, off-road bike trails and cross-country skiing. Mt. Horeb is at the mid-point of the 39.6 mile Military Ridge Trail which is open year-round for biking and walking in the warmer months and snowmobiling and cross country skiing in the winter. Norsk Golf & Bowl sports a beautiful nine hole golf course and eight lanes of bowling. And for practice, swing by the Trolling Green Golf Range. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, there is no finer facility than Tyrol Ski Basin, with its 12 runs, two triple chairlifts, rentals and lessons.

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Unique shopping opportunities abound along Mt. Horeb's "Trollway." From antiques to fine gifts, crafts, cheese, Christmas collectibles, clothing, furnishings, stitchery, Scandinavian imports and art, there is something that appeals to every taste. As for taste treats, Trollway restaurants offer a variety of menu options from convenient fast food to quaint eateries featuring home-made entrees and baked goods such as Swedish rye bread, Norwegian lefse and rosettes. Mt. Horeb is also home to a health food cooperative and, during the growing season, a weekly, open-air farmer's market featuring the area's finest. A free Shopping and Dining Guide is available from the Chamber of Commerce.

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Besides offering a full-service community with unique shopping and attractions, Mt. Horeb also has several thriving area industries. The rural setting is home to numerous farming operations specializing in crop and livestock production as well as dairy farming. Along with the traditional farms, there are also specialty farms which,for example produce and process wool, grow organic produce, and bake their own breads. Apple orchards also thrive here. As a center of commerce for the entire area, Mt. Horeb supplies a full range of agricultural services. Many fine landscaping businesses are located here, even a nursery specializing in natural wildflower landscapes. As more people decide to build in Mt. Horeb, the construction trades continue to grow along with the population. Two major industries located here are PEC of Wisconsin (Plastic Engineered Components) and Midwestern Bio-Ag.

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Mt. Horeb is fortunate to have a wide variety of housing options-from single-family homes of all sizes, both new and historic, to apartments, townhouses and condominiums. There are also special accommodations for elderly, low-income and disabled residents. Mt. Horeb is proud to be the site of The Homestead, the first senior cooperative in Wisconsin. There are many realtors in Mt. Horeb available to assist anyone relocating to this community. For a free Community Resource Guide, contact the Chamber of Commerce.

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Mt. Horeb is known for its excellent schools. Public schools include: The Ridgeview Early Learning Center (preschool), Primary Center (grades K - 2), Intermediate Center (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). The Middle School and High School are state-of-the-art facilities, with a new addition to the high school housing an auditorium and two gyms. In addition to several private schools offering excellent pre-school programs and day care, the Children's Community School offers Montessori instruction for ages 18 months to 6 years. For adults, the Madison Area Technical College offers a variety of local courses from crafts to computers. And for readers of all ages, the full-service Mt. Horeb Public Library provides the community with convenient access to information and electronic resources.

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Right here in Mt. Horeb, residents have available all the health care professionals needed, including dentists, opticians, physicians and chiropractors. In addition, there is immediate medical care at the Physicians Plus - Mt. Horeb clinic. For the elderly or infirm, there are three facilities: Ingleside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Inglehaven Assisted Living Center and Inglenook for victims of Alzheimers. The world-renowned Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic, open since 1939, annually attracts thousands of patients and students. And with the many famous Madison medical facilities only minutes away, every medical advantage is immediately available to the residents of Mt. Horeb.

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