Nestled in a scenic valley in the corners of Dane, Green, Iowa and Lafayette counties, the Village of Blanchardville offers small town living within commuting distance from Madison. Along Blanchardville’s Main Street you’ll find stores offering cheese, gifts, fine art, cottage industry crafts, antiques, and hardware. Enjoy homestyle cooking at the Viking Cafe or a beverage and food at one of the three pub and grills. Situated along the banks of the Pecatonica River is beautful McKellar Park, featuring 9 full-service campsites, picnic area and shelter, playground swimming pool, and ball diamonds. In cooperation with the DNR and FEMA, a wetlands area is being developed. If you are canoeing the Pecatonica, Blanchardville is an ideal launch or take out site. If ATV fun is more your style, the Lafayette Tri County ATV Trail from Fayette ends at McKellar Park Campground in the village.
Right next to the bridge over the Pecatonica is the Blanchardville Historical Society, a museum of artifacts detailing the history of Blanchardville and offereing a self-guided tour of the historical buildings. The village was established in 1844 by a small group of Mormons lead by Samuel Horner, who named it Zarahemla. Horner built a water-powered gristmill which was bought by Alvin Blanchard in 1855. After the Mormon colony disappeared around 1857, the community became Blanchardville.
Events in Blanchardville include the Father’s Day Chicken Barbeque, Cruis’n Wisconsin Car, Truck and Cycle Show on the second Sunday in July, a summer garden tour and art exhibit in July, Pec Jamm 2-day music festival and Pecatonica River Art Confluence in August, and in late September or early October a uniquely “Blanchardville” tradition of a whole community true Homecoming celebration involving the school, alumni from across the country, and community. The festivities begin Friday night with a parade down mainstreet which ends near the football field followed by fireworks and a bonfire. Next is a fun, slightly wacky, Saturday homecoming parade followed by the football game. Packed taverns on Friday and Saturday nights often provide live music.
For further information, Village Hall/Library is located at 208 Mason Street, (608) 523-4521.
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