"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 :)
I think I might have visited here once MANY years ago, I don’t know for sure when. In fact, I had forgotten you could visit here. It was time to come back and see things in early spring. If you bike here, there is a cute fish-shaped bike rack.
Take a look at my visit here, you can see the fish swimming too.
Here is a map of the grounds, there are many signs placed throughout explaining the different areas of the fish hatchery. Let’s go for a walk! Spring is awakening here. The water never freezes though, they keep it warm over the winter. They have a sign describing winter activities here.
View of the area.
And the raceway below, in the morning the staff clean the water and feed the fish.
Walking a little further, we come to a peaceful pond, reflecting the trees.
We also find a marker on a large rock across from a bench by the creek, dedicated to Tom Palmer. A great place to sit and relax.
This is the Spiral Building, only staff can enter it.
As I walk back to the entry, I read the many signs talking about the history of this fish hatchery.
I had a great visit here, I plan on returning. I learned a lot about the crucial service this and all fish hatcheries provide.
Fitchburg is a community of 26,260 near the south side of Madison. It is actually quite an old community, but few of the original buildings still exist. In the 1840’s settlers made their way here from many European countries, most of them from Ireland. Something we discovered when learning about Fitchburg, most of the historic sites are in the rural part of town, not the current center of commerce. Of the historic structures in Fitchburg, the most well-known one is the restaurant Quivey’s Grove. We have not eaten there yet, but hope to soon!
We also discovered a new historic marker, not easy to find since it is in a small park in the rural area. The coordinates are N 42º58.913/ W089º28.088 on Fitchburg Rd.
There is another new marker near historic Wendt Rd. and HWY. M (N 42º57.727/W089º28.172) on the Badger State Trail. It is two-sided and commemorates the Illinois Central Railroad and it’s role is helping Fitchburg grow. We saw a caboose from that railroad in Homewood, IL. You can bike the trail all the way to Freeport, IL.
We also found two former one-room schoolhouses out in the country.
1. Maple Corner’s School
2. Syene School
Now I will show you sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Not far from there is the Nicholas Haight Farmstead, still an active farm today. We could not get close as it is private property.
Also the McCoy Farmhouse, former home of a successful tobacco farmer.
The former Wisconsin Industrial School of Girls, now the Oakhill Correctional Institution. The columns at the driveway entry still stand yet.
To learn more about Fitchburg, visit their library, the Historical Society is also housed there. It’s at 5530 Lacy Road.
Also explore the Nevin Fish Hatchery, the oldest DNR-managed land in Wisconsin. You can do some fishing here.
We go back in town to join the community in celebrating Fitchburg Days at McKee Farm Park.
We had a good time exploring the Fitchburg most people probably don’t know, very educational.