Phone: (608) 254-4145 • Fax: (608) 254-2645
Valley is a country farm named after chief Yellow Thunder, one of
the great Ho-Chunk Indian Chiefs. He and his tribe were relocated
to the Iowa country in 1840, but Chief Yellow Thunder promptly returned
and bought back his old land from the government.
He lived out the rest of his life peacefully among the white settlers,
often camping with them on the hills overlooking the farmstead.
Chief Yellow Thunder and his wife are buried just a few miles from
Thunder Valley lies in Newport Township, the town name of the earliest
Wisconsin Dells settlement. Early in its history, this area was
mainly comprised of Norwegian immigrants, and the Nelson family
ancestors were some of the original Scandinavian settlers. Thunder
Valley represents a rich blend of American Indian and Norwegian
Today, the Nelson family strives to maintain this rich, ethnic
heritage. Thunder Valley offers comfortable lodging, exceptional
food and unique entertainment, along with old-fashioned charm and
Anita Christopherson Nelson was born and raised on a small farm
in the area and knows what real Scandinavian hospitality is all
about. It is the same warm friendliness that Anita and daughters
Kari and Sigrid have brought to Thunder Valley. They will make you
feel welcome and like part of the family. Kari and Sigrid may also
entertain you with a Norweigian fiddle tune or mountain ballad.
Great food and lodging are not all that awaits you at Thunder Valley.
You are invited to take in the many Wisconsin Dells attractions
or visit one of the nearby state parks. Or just stroll the farm,
browse the gift hus and enjoy the solitude.
Whatever your mood, it's all here for you at Thunder Valley!
Anita, Kari & Sigrid Nelson
||Gift Certificates Available
||Scandinavian Gift Shop
||Farm Animals & Dairy Farm Tour