Construction wraps on 11th century Viking House replica

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Construction of the historical Viking House on UW-Green Bay’s campus is finally complete.

Action 2 News first reported on the project last month, when crews were just laying the groundwork. This week, they put the finishing touches on the outside of the home.

“There's not a real plan to building a house like this. I mean it's modeled after a 1,000-year-old house, so we weren't quite sure how it was going to go,” says Heidi Sherman, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s History Program, and Curator of the House.

But after a month of hard work – the house is standing strong.

“Students today are so far removed from tradition, from working with their hands because we're in a highly digital society,” Sherman says. “What's really key about this project is we're going to be teaching people how to do things, before there were factories, industrialization. Before there were computers and cell phones.”

Sherman says the house will function as a living museum, and a hands-on learning opportunity for students.

“To try and understand the past and past culture, past life, you should try and immerse yourself in it. And how much more immersive can you get than literally going in this house,” says Amber Foster, a senior at UW-Green Bay.

Foster says the opportunity is unique as UW-Green Bay is one of the only campuses in the world with such an 11th century Viking House replica.

While the outside of the house is complete, there’s still work to be done on the inside. Over the next few months, Sherman says the house will be filled with authentic Viking bedding, dishes and tools.

Starting in April, organizers hope to open the house to students and the community, offering classes for projects like blacksmithing, carving and authentic Viking cooking.