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.
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The 2016 Consumer Confidence Report is available for review. There is a permanent link to the report under the Village of Blanchardville/Utilities tab on the website. Hard copies of the report are available at the Village Clerk’s office and the Village Library. 2016 Consumer Confidence Report Data – Full Report We at the Blanchardville Water Utility work to provide quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources. These water sources are the heart of our community, our way of life and...read more
The Board of Review for the Village of Blanchardville will be meeting beginning at 5:30PM, TUESDAY MAY 23RD. The Board of Review will be in session for a minimum of 2 hours, per Wisconsin State Statues. The agenda is linked here Agenda for Board of Review. Amy Barnes Village Clerk-Treasurerread more
Attached is the agenda for the Park & Recreation Committee Meeting. The meeting will begin at 2:00PM Park Committee Notice Posted at Emberson’s Market, Woodford State Bank and Village Hall. Amy Barnes Village...read more
There will be a Special Board meeting with one item on the agenda, discussion and possible action regarding the Relocation Order for a Cul-de-sac at the end of West Church Street. Attached is the agenda April SPECIAL Board Meeting Agenda Amy Barnes Village Clerk-Treasurerread more