Welcome to Evansville!
This city of 5000 is located in Rock County and is a great place to visit. Only 23 miles south of Madison, it’s a quick getaway from the big city. One thing that sets Evansville apart is the many barn quilts adorning many of the buildings there.
Another distinctive art form Evansville is known for are windmills. They are displayed all over the downtown, made by local artists. The large one is next to the Evansville Grove Society History Museum and visitor center. This was the former Baker Office Building.
The windmill signifies Evansville’s dedication to Green Energy. It was selected as a pilot Wisconsin Energy Independent Community in 2010.
Yet another distinction of Evansville is its strong ties to the local farming community. It earned the title of “Soybean Capital of Wisconsin” in 2007. Evansville has many beautiful historic buildings. This is the former City Hall.
This is the former Leota School for Girls, now an impressive red home.
The Allen Funeral Home, since 1930.
The former train depot, now the local VFW.
There are a great many more beautiful buildings to see. Look here for a walking tour you can print.
It was time for lunch, and we had a great one downtown at The Night Owl.
10-6-16 – The Night Owl had a fire overnight, it will be closed until further notice.
Our last stop in Evansville that day was Lake Leota Park.
This park is their largest, the lake being a former millpond. Here is a beautiful waterfall there now with a view of the rest of the lake.
I am a big fan of covered bridges, and they have one at this park.
We had a great visit to Evansville and hope to be back again soon.
Related Sites and Articles
* Evansville Observer Blog Evansville History