"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
DeForest also goes all out to celebrate July 4th. They have a huge parade and a big celebration
in Fireman’s Park.
This was so funny, we were located by the fire department. The high school football team were spraying the crowd with water guns. One of the firemen grabbed a fire hose and sprayed THEM. I was desperately shielding my two cameras from the onslaught of water.
It was to revisit this beautiful little hamlet of 3300 people on the Sugar River. Last time we came was Oct. 2009. Paoli was founded by Peter Mats in 1846. It soon had a lumber mill, later becoming a grist mill. Also a cheese factory and other businesses necessary to build a thriving community. Several buildings were made of local stone, still standing and in use today.
Let’s begin our walk down Paoli Road, the main street which is the center of commerce here.
Across the street on our right are many beautiful shops, some in historic buildings. On the right is the Paoli Secret Garden, which opened on June 1 of 2013. The owners JJ and Kellie were busy setting things up when we stopped by. They took the time to pose for a picture with us and show us the many delightful products they had to offer. They would love for you to stop by! If you can’t come to the store, you can buy their products from their Etsy store.
Here is a “living table”. Also a look inside their shop in the yellow building.
Next door is Paoli Road Mercantile, formerly a whey house. It is built of large multi-colored rocks that give it such a unique and beautiful appearance.
Cluck the Chicken Store. They provide for the needs of chicken owners, as well as people who love cute chicken decor.
At the end of Paoli Road is Paoli Park, a great place to eat your lunch on a warm summer day. Bicyclists stop in Paoli also for refreshment on their ride. The Badger State Trail passes through town. It has a gazebo and a garden area with an arch. Also many mature trees.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Paoli, we sure did!