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Belleville – Small Community, Big Heart!


12-13-14, 9-15-19

Belleville Sign

Right before you are downtown is the Veterans Memorial.

 

Belleville Downtown IMG_1011

Belleville is a friendly village of 2,385 in both Dane and Green counties.  Many of the early settlers came from France and you can see the evidence of that in some of the business names.   The town was all decked out for the holidays. In historic Library Park was a gazebo decorated and had a Christmas tree inside, also many lamp poles had pretty decorations on them.

Belleville Christmas Collage

We usually have a meal in most of the places we visit. We enjoyed breakfast at the Corner Café.   Their food was delicious!

Corner Cafe Big Collage

In 2019 we paid a visit to a formerly vacant building, now a beloved coffee shop called the Lingonberry Llama. It opened in November 2018. Read about our visit here. We plan on returning soon!

This is Library Park.  In the center is the first Village Hall building, constructed in 1894.  Also, a two-sided marker that has only been there since 2011. A great synopsis of early Belleville history.

 

Library Park in Belleville

Library Park Village Hall 1894 Belleville

Belleville Marker both sides

Behind the park across the street is the former railroad depot. The former rail was removed and replaced with the Badger State Trail.

Belleville Depot and Badger State Trail

In keeping this this being a former railroad track, we also headed south of town between Belleville and Monticello and found the historic Stewart Tunnel that the train once passed through. It’s 1/4 mile long and considered one of the darkest trail tunnels in Wisconsin.  We sure look small! It is over 20 ft. high! Find it here. Park on Tunnel Rd. near the trail, it is about 1/4 walk from the road.

Stewart Tunnel in Belleville

 

Back in town, we saw another historic building, the former Park Hotel, an important way station for travelers in Belleville’s early history. It is now The Dam Bar and Grill.

The Dam Bar - Historic Park Hotel in BellevilleOther businesses downtown.

Francois Ford Sales and Service

Francois Ford in Belleville

Patches and Petals – The Quilter’s General Store

Originally a two-story furniture store.

Patches and Petals Quilting Store in Belleville

Belleville Auto Body

Belleville Auto Body

Main Street Salon and J & M Bar and Grill

Main Street Salon and J & M Bar and Grill

Across the street is a Citgo gas station, and a cow!

Bellville also has great parks for recreation as well. Community Park has much to offer.  It is on the banks of Lake Bell View and a path goes alongside the lake. A bridge makes crossing easy and offers a great view of the dam.

Belleville Community Park bridge

 A couple guys are netting fish.

Belleville Dam at Community Park

 Lake Bell View, it was hard to see it due to the fog.

Lake Bell View in Belleville

On our way back downtown we saw an old railroad bridge over the Sugar River, now part of the Badger State Trail.

Old Railroad Bridge over Sugar River in Bellleviille

We had a great visit here today, and we have a few more places to tell you about.  We also sought out another marker just 7 miles west of town at Primrose Lutheran Church.  Some Norwegian settlers came to this area also.

Primrose Lutheran Church in Primrose

 

Primrose Lutheran Church marker

A popular business on the north side of town is the Duluth Trading Company Outlet.

Duluth Trading Company in Belleville

 A popular bed and breakfast called Cameo Rose lies just outside the village.

Cameo Rose Bed and Breakfast

What a great day in Belleville, a friendly community with a big heart!