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Arlington House (now Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum)
The three-story Arlington house was built in 1876 as a luxury hotel, but because the railroad station was built blocks away it did not prove economically successful. In the early
Between the museum and the City Stone Mill is located one of America's earliest outdoor museums (modeled after earlier Swedish examples). This open-air museum consists of a group of buildings that were brought to the site and then reconstructed. There is a c. 1850 log blacksmith's shop (from Houston, Minnesota); the nineteenth-century EggeKern log cabin; a Lutheran schoolhouse of 1879; and a small wood building (some 200 years old) which came from Vang, Valdres Province, Norway.
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