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Village of Black Earth WI Real Estate

Black Earth, WI

The tiny village of Black Earth is located just past Cross Plains about 15 miles west of Madison, WI. Black Earth bills itself as "The only Black Earth in the world!" and is said to be the home of the oldest co-op in America. Black Earth WI is also home to Black Earth Creek, Duck Days, Home of Champions, Black Earth Historical Society, and Field Days since 1867. Black Earth is a great choice of location to build a new construction home due to the affordability yet relative proximity to Madison.

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $191K
Lowest Price $46.5K
Highest Price $2.2M
Total Listings 45
Avg. Days On Market 663
Avg. Price/SQFT $144

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History of Black Earth

Named after Black Earth Creek which passes through it, the Village of Black Earth was platted in 1850. After acquiring a post office and the Milwaukee Mississippi Railroad in 1856, Black Earth was incorporated in 1857. A grist mill and saw mill were later built on the water privileges acquired by John Sweat.

The earliest settlers included Norwegian immigrants in addition to "American" and English settlers. Early development in the community included churches and lodges such as the Ancient Order of Mendota and the Sons of Temperance as well as two hotels. In 1859 a beautiful two-story brick school was built which became the envy of nearby villages. 

Black Earth later became a major shipping point for commodities such as grain and livestock. Significant quantities of pork and flour also made their way to the developing "pineries" in northern Wisconsin.

To learn more about the rural community of Black Earth or to explore listings in nearby Cross Plains, contact a Lake & City Homes agents today!

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