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

In Blan­chardville, we work hard to develop and pro­mote local business. To have your orga­ni­za­tion added to our site, please sub­mit this form.