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 next appliance pick-up will be WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3.
Contact Amy at Village Hall to have your name added to the list.
She will need your address and what you need picked up, payment is made to the Village.
Washers, dryer, dishwasher & stove $5.00 each
Microwave $10.00 each
Fridge, freezer, air conditioner, dehumidifier $15.00 each
Car Tire: $3.00 each
Car Tires on Rim $6.00 each
Large Truck Tires $15.00 each
Large Truck Tires on Rim $30.00 each
Tractor Tires: $40.00 on up
The next License & Finance Committee Meeting will be Monday, August 1, 2016 at 6:00pm followed by the regular Village Board meeting at 6:30pm.
The agenda is attached.
Decision regarding Swimming Lessons tonight…..
Based on current radar it looks like any rain systems are either going around Blanchardville or will be after the pool closes. The pool water is cool, but lessons WILL still be held. Parents of kids in lessons, it will be your discretion based on water temp and forecast.
As of right now, LESSONS WILL BE HELD
With the pending storms that are forecasted, please check back later or on the Blanchardville Facebook page regarding a decision as to whether swimming lessons will be held tonight at the Blanchardville Swimming Pool. A decision will be made between 3 – 4 pm.