WRL-57: East Wiota Lutheran Church

© Photographed September 27, 2013
Erected 1968 by Wisconsin Council for Local History
South Wayne / Wiota, Lafayette County, Wisconsin
42° 38.746′ N, 89° 54.545′ W

Norwegian immigrants formed this congregation in 1844 and began constructing their church in 1847. This is the oldest Norwegian Lutheran church still in use in America.
East Wiota Lutheran Church is located at 10311 State Road 78, South Wayne, Wisconsin 53587. The marker is up the hill from the highway, in front of the church.

Worship services are held at this church the 3rd Sunday of each month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

This marker and location are included in the Wisconsin Registered Landmarks program (1964-1973)

See also, East Wiota Lutheran Church Charter Members Marker, also at this location.

 View of the church from Wisconsin Highway 78.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

My great grandparents, Ole Christian and Maren Sophia Hanson, are buried in the cemetery of this church. I have only visited the church and cemetery a couple times in my life--this past June being one of them. I remember my grandfather, Oscar Michael Hanson, telling me that Norwegians spelled "son" names with and "o" and Swedes with an "e". I later learned the opposite is true and always wondered why he got it wrong. After visiting the cemetery I could see why as almost all the "son" names are spelled with an "o". Since the church is the oldest Norwegian Lutheran church still in use in America, I assume those buried there were Norwegians. Can any of you who may see this message explain to me why these Norwegians used the Swedish spelling in their "son" names?

By the way, what a lovely little church in such a beautiful setting. At age 81 and living in Tennessee I'll probably not ever do so, but it would be so interesting to me to attend a service in the church.

Lawrence Hanson

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