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
Blanchardville Rod & Gun Club will be offering Hunter Safety Classes at the Pecatonica High School Ag Room.
April 1st, 3rd, 8th and 10th from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
April 12th 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Hunter Safety classes are MANDATORY for anyone hunting who will turn 12 years of age in 2014.
Customer ID # is required from the DNR and can be obtained at the DNR website.
Pre-Registration is MANDATORY by calling:
Steve Dieckhoff at 523‑4114 or
Todd Hanson at 523‑4523
April 1, 2014
Village Trustee terms expiring in 2014 are:
Incumbants Harned & Thompson will be seeking another 2-year term while Boyle has declined to run again. Ryan Klassy was nominated as a candidate for the third trustee position, replacing Boyle.
District School Board Candidates are as follows:
Wendy Bedale ~ Ron Linder ~ Patty McGowan
These 3 candidates will be on the official ballot for the 3 seats available.
In appreciation for Walt’s 6 years in Blanchardville and over 40 years in area law enforcement
Monday / Tuesday / Thursday
January 9th — March 27, 2014
4:45 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.
Doors Open at 4:30 a.m.
Warm Up * Work Out * Walk/Run * Stretch * Cool Down
Variety of music provided ~ Yoga mat recommended
All fitness and intensity levels welcome
Please note: If there happens to be inclement weather, Open Gym will be canceled.
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