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Nestled in a scenic valley in the northeast corner of Lafayette County, Blanchardville traces its origins to an unusual source — the Mormons — who established Zarahemla “City of God” on the banks of the Pecatonica River in 1844. Samuel Horner dammed the river and built a water-powered flour gristmill. Alvin Blanchard bought the mill in 1855. The Mormon colony disappeared soon after, and the community took the name of Blanchardville in 1857.

McKellar Park, by the Pecatonica River, has a campground, playground, picnic facilities, swimming pool, ball fields, and more. Blanchardville is home to Pecatonica High School, and McKellar Park hosts many high school football and baseball games. It is also the home of the Blanchardville Home Talent Baseball team.  Blanchardville is an ideal launch or take out site for canoeing on the Pecatonica River. The Lafayette Tri County ATV Trail from Fayette ends at Hwy 78 in the Village of Blanchardville.

Blanchardville has business facilities available. Blanchardville Community Pride Incorporated is a locally-driven promotional group that offers small-town living within commuting distance from the Madison area.

Special events in Blanchardville include a Father’s Day Chicken Barbeque; Cruis’n Wisconsin Car, Truck, and Cycle Show on the second Sunday of July; a summer garden tour; Jammfest; Pecatonica River Art Confluence in August; and Homecoming in the fall.

More information about Blanchardville is available by calling the Village Office at (608) 523-4521 or Blanchardville Community Pride at (608) 523-2274 or on the BCPI website, www.blanchardville.com.

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