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DeForest-The North Star of Dane County


DeForest Wisconsin sign

DeForest is a community of 9000 just north of Madison.  Left of the sign is a Mobile gas station, also the site of the  village’s first well.

DeForest Wisconsin First well historic marker

The DeForest Historical Society has carefully been preserving the history of this village. DeForest WI Depot DeForest Depot Historic Marker

Hansen-Newell-Bennett House

Hansen-Newell-Bennett House

Lyster House

Lyster House

Also the house of Andreas Dahl, formerly of Valdres, Norway. Andreas Dahl Early DeForest Settler Andreas Dahl house

Many businesses also use creative advertising to pull travelers off the highway.  There is a Citgo sporting a LARGE Pink Elephant named Andy.  He wears glasses. Pink elephant 400

Just across the overpass from the station you can refuel on cheese and snacks at Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet. Sissy the Cow is the mascot here. Ehlenbach's Cheese Chalet Sissy Cow

DeForest also hosts many restaurants. We enjoyed going to the Sunset Grill in October 2014.

Sunset Grill in DeForest

Our favorite is the Pine Cone, also a truck stop.  Get a great meal here.  The other one is in Johnson Creek. Both open 24 hours.

Pine Cone Truck Stop in DeForest

Also, you can’t miss the big truck out in the strawberry field luring people to come pick them at UPICKSTRAWBERRYFARM. We had a lot of fun there June 24, 2014.

Us and Strawberries

DeForest also goes all out to celebrate July 4th. They have a huge parade and a big celebration

in Fireman’s Park.

. DeForest July 4th DeForest July 4th Parade 2013 DeForest Parade 2013

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.

Fireman's Park in DeForest

Doodlebug the Clown

Doodlebug the Clown

Fireman’s Park had a lot going on too.

Doodlebug the Clown made many balloon animals and hats for the kids.

The DeForest Lions Club serves up a great Chicken Dinner, we had that too.

DeForest WI Lions Club

DeForest Lions Club

DeForest Wisconsin July 4

Live music , Shotgun Jane performed this year.

Shotgun Jane

We have fun every time we come to DeForest, you will too!

DeForest Wi water tower

Waunakee is Where You Wauna Be!


7-18-13 and other visits

Welcome to Waunakee

Welcome to Waunakee!  The village was first known as Leicester , and was incorporated in 1893. Today its a large village of 12,000 that honors its past while building a strong future.  That included the train depot, lovingly restored to its former glory.

Waunakee Depot and Clock

The village had passenger train service until 1963, and was closed for good in 1971.  The village bought the depot from the railroad in 1977, it was restored and is now the Waunakee/Westport Chamber of Commerce.  The Canadian Pacific train still rides by the depot daily, and I was fortunate to be there when it did.

Waunakee Depot and train

Another historic building that is still in use is a former grist mill, now a quilting store called Mill House Quilts.  Six Mile Creek runs through the village.

Mill House Quilts

Walking downtown..

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Downtown Waunakee

A great place to get meat is the Village Market.  Their hamburgers are especially good, locally sourced beef. The also make their own bratwurst.

The Village Market

Waunakee also has a big festival held the last weekend in July called Waunafest.  This is their biggest festival of the year and brings the community together as well as attracting many visitors.  They have a fun run, baseball games, a parade and lots more!  It’s held at Centennial Park.  It’s called that because it had a time capsule that was sealed for 100 years.

Centennial Park SignCentennial Park time Capsule

Living Flag

Living Flag

Waunafest Parade Agriculture Float

Waunafest Midway

The Christmas holiday season  is quite a visual treat as well.  The Waunakee Rotary Club decorates Waunakee Village Park on the East side of town with light displays every year.  Very pretty!  Waunakee Rotary in Lights is an annual tradition that is a must-see!

Waunakee Rotary Lights Tree

We hope you enjoyed your visit to Waunakee, the place you wauna be!

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