The other day I zipped across the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge and headed toward Hazel Green, Wisconsin. It had been some time since I'd been to the small village, but once I took the exit to Highway 11, I soon found myself on a familiar road. 

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As a kid, I knew this route quite well as it was the way to visit relatives in S.W. Wisconsin. But typically, stopping in Hazel Green was little more than to genuflect at the stop sign before taking a left towards Cuba City.

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On this day, it struck me to drive one additional block to see what was happening on Main Street. Hazel Green is like most other small towns with a requisite tavern, bank, and convenience store. However, I discovered there's more to the village than meets the eye. 

In 1825, the village was named from the dense growth of American Hazelnut trees near the town site. Today the village is home to approximately 1,200 people.

The first permanent settlement in Wisconsin was in Hazel Green in 1825. In 1831, Lucius Lyon began surveying south of the present-day Hazel Green in southwestern Wisconsin. This village is where all the land to become Wisconsin would be measured. Every property deed in Wisconsin today includes a description based on the Point of Beginning, Hazel Green. 

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The village has several Bed and Breakfasts and antique shops for history enthusiasts and folks on the hunt for vintage stuff.

While I wasn't in the market for an antique, I couldn't resist investigating the two-storied structure with tons of signs and other interesting wares adorning the building. 

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Indeed, upon entering the historic home, it was clear that True Vine Antiques and Finds is a treasure hunter's natural habitat. 

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True Vine Antiques & Finds owner Ron Tallman shares the story behind his historic home and store.

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Elvis shows up everywhere these days, and his albums live. As a result, the overall collection was relatively large and reasonably priced.

The 5,000 sq. foot store's myriad of rooms are packed full of fun vintage finds, including the motherload of cast iron pans

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Kitchen Wares

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Cassette Tapes and...

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Boom Boxes

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Movie Cameras

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Cool Electronics

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Funky Chicken Clocks

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Pocket Knives

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Knick Knacks

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Nostalgic Toys

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Antique Dolls

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And History!

Before becoming President, Galena resident Ulysses S. Grant was friends with the home's original owners. He often spent time at the house when out on his sales route.

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The black frame self-tour helps tell the tale. A sign at the entrance clearly states the best antique is the home itself.

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Suppose you're looking for a fun place to fulfill your need for nostalgia; visit and discover True Vine Antiques & Finds at 2105 Main St. in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. It's excellent for that one-of-a-kind find.

True Vine is also on Facebook!

 

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