Since 1986, The community of Dodgeville and surrounding Iowa County have coordinated a special celebration honoring some of our greatest American heroes–our farmers. Recognizing the importance of agriculture to this largely rural area, the citizens developed Iowa County Farmers Appreciation Day held in Dodgeville on the second weekend of July each year.
The scenic beauty which surrounds Dodgeville is a natural work of art which lies in the heart of the unglaciated, driftless area. The area is geographically comprised of rolling farmlands, rugged sandstone bluffs and graceful wooded valleys.
Nestled against the bluffs of the Wisconsin River Valley, Mazomanie is an intriguing mix of history, nature, art and warm community spirit. The Downtown Historic District, comprised of 32 commercial and industrial buildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a unique collection of renovated storefronts and buildings from the mid 1800’s.
There was a time when waters were clean and forests were untouched, when ancient lands spoke of guardians of the Earth. In Scandinavian lands, these mysterious creatures were called trolls, and were known to guard what was left of the earth’s natural treasures by burying precious metals and minerals underground. Because they were rarely seen, people believed trolls no longer existed. Today, these nearly forgotten creatures are once again in our midst.