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 Hwy 78 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.
Community Events Calendar
The clerk’s office is closed on Friday, September 30th. It will be open again on Monday, October 3rd.
There is a regularly scheduled Village Board meeting Monday night
VILLAGE OF BLANCHARDVILLE
PUBLIC NOTICE OF MEETING
Pursuant to Section 19.84, Wisconsin Statutes, notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Finance, License & Insurance Committee of the Village of Blanchardville, Lafayette and Iowa County, Wisconsin. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at the Blanchardville Village Hall, 208 Mason Street, Blanchardville, WI 53516.
Agenda Items Include
- Assessor Bids received & reviewed
- Review Year to date budget status
- Discussion of 2017 estimated state aids, levy limit, and any state law changes
- General Fund 2017 Proposed Budget preparation
- Water and Sewer Budget Review and preparation
Due to nature of topic and discussions, a quorum of the Village Board will be present.
Revised September 27, 2016 at 6:31pm
Clerk Amy Barnes has announced when ‘early voting’ can begin within the Village of Blanchardville. Ballots will be available for In-person Absentee Voting beginning Monday, October 10th after 9 am. Hours for In-Person absentee will be 9AM to 3:30PM Monday through Friday. Appointments may also be made with Barnes by contacting her office. Instructions on how to obtain an absentee ballot from Barnes are attached.
Village of Blanchardville Clerk-Treasurer
There will be a Park Committee Meeting on Monday, September 19 at 6:00pm.
The agenda is attached here park-meeting-not. This will also be posted on the door of Village Hall, Emberson’s Market and at Woodford State Bank.