About

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, arts & crafts, coffee, antiques, and hardware. Enjoy homestyle cooking at the Viking Cafe or a beverage and a burger 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 shelters (3), walking trail, playground, swimming pool, batting cages, tennis & basketball courts, horseshoes, fishing platform 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.

Annual events in Blanchardville include the Father’s Day Chicken BBQ, 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 Homecoming celebration which welcomes back alumni from across the country. The festivities begin Friday night with a torchlight-parade and bonfire and then a fun, slightly wacky homecoming parade, followed by a football game and Alumni dinner on Saturday. The taverns are packed on both Friday and Saturday nights, often providing live music.

Other Attractions include:

  • Quaint Main Street
  • Beautiful Bycycling, canoeing and kayaking
  • Public Camping in town on the Pecatonica River
  • Public Pool & Playground in McKellar Park
  • Only eight miles from Yellowstone Lake

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