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Belleville – Small Community, Big Heart!


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Belleville Sign

Right before you are downtown is the Veterans Memorial.

 

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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!

Milling Around in Paoli


6-11-13, 8-9-14, 8-13-16 and many more visits.

 

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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.

On my right is the Abel Contemporary Gallery

Photo by Al Kutil

 

On the left is the Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Cafe.

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Soon we are on the bridge overlooking the Sugar River. It’s part of the huge Upper Sugar River Watershed in Dane County.

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Upon crossing the river, on the left is the Paoli Clay Company. They produce clay for pottery making use.

Paoli Clay Company

Next up also on the left is the Paoli House Gallery, another artist enclave. Closed in 2014.

Paoli House Gallery

Lastly on this side is the new Landmark Creamery, replacing the Paoli Local Foods store. It opened in 2018.

Next door to that is the Paoli Pub and Grill.

Paoli Pub

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.

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Paoli Secret Garden

Here is a “living table”. Also a look inside their shop in the yellow building.

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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.

 These businesses are part of the Mill Shops and Park.

 

The Bread and Brat Haus is especially popular. We had Chicken Pot Pie there when we went to the Paoli Fall Festival and it was delicious!

They also associate with The Hop Garden below.  Enjoy live music from the Hop Garden stage while enjoying food from the Brat Haus.

This view is behind the Brat Haus and The Hop Garden.

  Totally Wired is next to the Paoli Secret Garden and their specialty is purses.

The Zazen Gallery is next on our right.

Cluck the Chicken Store. They provide for the needs of chicken owners, as well as people who love cute chicken decor.

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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.

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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Paoli, we sure did!

Links

*  Visit Paoli

*  Paoli Mill Terrace and Park

*  Paoli Secret Garden

The Hop Garden

*Cluck The Chicken Store

*Cottage Goddess

*John/Christine Designs

*Landmark Creamery

*Paoli Bread and Brat Haus

*Paoli Gallery and Print Shop

*Paoli Road Mercantile

*Paoli Schoolhouse Shops and Café

*Zazen Gallery

*Paoli Pub and Grill

*Abel Contemporary Gallery