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Hillsboro – Czech Capitol of Wisconsin


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“Vitame Vas”  We Welcome You to Hillsboro

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Hillsboro is a secluded community of just under 1500 in Vernon County, about 90 minutes north of Madison. It is located in the Driftless Area, meaning the glacier missed this area. The town is in what is known as the Cheyenne Valley, a place rich in history.  The Czech immigrants descendants take great pride in their heritage. On the 2nd weekend in June they put on the Cesky Den Festival, complete with Czech food, music and other traditions.  We came to attend this festival and see their historical museum, open Sundays from 1-3 from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.  Upon entering town we saw Hillsboro Riverview Dairy and The Natural Choice Cheese Store.

Hillsboro Riverview Dairy in Hillsboro

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Cheese House in Hillsboro

On our right is the historic Municipal building.

Hillsboro Municipal Building

Let’s explore downtown on Water Ave, their main street.

Hillsboro downtown

One of the first things we saw was a display of local art, depicting Hillsboro’s countryside.

Hillsboro Art

Hillsboro art

 

Quite a few businesses downtown, a Ben Franklin. Also Hillsboro Floral, and Barbie’s Kitchen.

Hillsboro FloralBarbie's Kitchen in Hillsboro, WI

Also Hillsboro Brewing Company, open since 2012.

Hillsboro Brewing Company

Hillsboro is a very patriotic community and honors its veterans with a memorial at Memorial Lake at the edge of town.

Field Vets Memorial Lake plaque in Hillsboro

Hillsboro Vets Memorial

 

Mt. Vernon Cemetery has a Civil War Memorial.

Civil War Memorial in Hillsboro

 

A famous Navy Admiral was also born here.

Hillsboro Navy Admiral

Hillsboro also has a proud history of standing up for civil rights. Just across the street from the memorial is a historic marker showing this area also had a settlement of African-Americans in Heritage Park. This area’s isolation allowed them to prosper without fear of persecution.

Cheyenne Settler's Heritage Park

African-American Settlers of Hillsboro

 

 There is a Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour available if time allows.   We did happen upon a round barn on the way home though. Here is the map of the self-guided tour that you can do. Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour-Hillsboro

Round Barn

We sure had a great day in Hillsboro. The Cesky Den Festival and Museum were wonderful too!

 

 

Don’t Go Half-Way to Brodhead


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Brodhead is a picturesque community in Green County with much to see.  The Sugar River Trail is here also, the southern trailhead. It’s 22 miles long, going all the way to New Glarus. We began our explorations downtown, the town has a square with gazebo and picnic tables. Its called, “Tinker’s Garden.” Here is where many festivals take place, Brodhead downtown Tinker's Garden in BrodheadTinkers Garden plaque Gazebo in Brodhead, WI Across the street in a building is a mural paying homage to the railroad and depot in Brodhead. Brodhead mural We could see the restored depot from here. Inside is the museum and an engine and caboose you could go in. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. Maybe we can get back here in the spring when it re-opens.  The Brodhead Historical Society does good work here.Brodhead Depot

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adjacent to the depot is the Veterans Memorial Park, in the center is a tall Civil War Monument.

Brodhead Civil War Memorial

After exploring downtown for a while, we headed to points just outside. Stopped by Decatur Dairy for a grilled cheese sandwich and some cheese curds. We were too late for a tour but we will go back.

Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

They even had a “cheese tree” totem pole outside, cool!

Cheese TreeAl and Laurie at Decatur Dairy in Brodhead

Speaking of tree, Brodhead also has a historic living tree called the Half-Way Tree. Indian runners used it as a marker because it was half-way between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

Half-Way Tree sign

Half-Way Tree Burr Oak

It’s harvest time, and that includes APPLES!  Our next stop was nearby Ten Eyck Orchard for some locally grown apples and cider. The historic round barn with the apple barn quilt are this farm’s most distinctive features. We bought some Empire apples, delicious!

Ten Eyck Orchard Round Barn

Ten Eyck Barn Quilt

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Al and Laurie at Ten Eyck Orchard

It was time to head back north towards Madison. On the way, we walked a bit on the Sugar River trail to see the famous Clarence covered bridge replica, completed in 1984.

Clarence covered Bridge in Brodhead

Come all the way to Brodhead, it’s well worth the visit!

Cows on the Concourse – June is National Dairy Month!


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First Saturday in June

You can’t have Wisconsin without cows, and this event celebrates them and National Dairy Month.  The “concourse” refers to the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. It’s fun for adults as well as kids.  you will also meet the young lady representing the Wisconsin Fairs and agriculture with the title, “Fairest of the Fair.”    They are chosen on a yearly basis.

Fairest of the Fair ladies- 2011and 2012

Fairest of the Fair ladies-
2011 and 2012

And of course, the cows!  The kids get so excited! They even have a pretend cow to milk, and a mascot. We got our picture with him:)

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A few years ago the big promo was the Milk Mustache Campaign and we got a funny picture.

When you get hungry, there is lots of dairy foods for sale, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream and cold milk.

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Come on by for a great time. Don’t forget, the Dane County Farmers Market is going on too.