Black Earth, Wisconsin


-Recollection Wisconsin

Recollection Wisconsin is a searchable digital collection of photographs, oral histories, maps, and documents. So far, it contains 25 records pertaining to Black Earth, such as this c1890 map of Oak Hill Cemetery. Begun in 2005, Recollection Wisconsin is a collaborative digitization program from the Black Earth Public Library, Wisconsin Library System, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Public Museum, Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions, and the Nicholas Family Foundation.

-Mazomanie Historical Society

Black Earth has a shared history with nearby Mazomanie. The Mazomanie Historical Society website features a considerable amount of information about our local history including documents, plat and insurance maps, and digital copies of the Mazomanie Sickle newspaper from the 1874 through 1919 among other resources.

-Vermont Lutheran Church Cemetery

The Vermont Lutheran Church Cemetery in the town of Vermont lists a directory with map. The church was established in 1856 by Norwegian immigrant farmers. The church has been holding a Lutefisk dinner since the 1920s, according to its website, now serving about 1,000 people each October.

-Find A Grave - Oak Hill Cemetery

Find A Grave is an online database created in 1995 for locating burial graves worldwide searchable by name. It also may include photographs, cemetery information, biographies and other family information. Oak Hill Cemetery in Black Earth may be found on Find A Grave.

-Mount Horeb Area Historical Society

The Mt. Horeb Area Historical Society website includes information on plat book histories, 1928 prairie farmer's directory, century farms, cheese factories, churches, early settlers of Donald Park area, mills, newsletters, and their Driftless Historium Museum & Research Center. The Mt. Horeb Area Historical Society covers the townships of Blue Mounds, Springdale, Perry, Vermont, Primrose, parts of Verona & Cross Plains, plus Mt. Horeb and all villages within those townships.

-Halfway Prairie School

Halfway Prairie School is the oldest existing rural elementary school in Dane County. It is located in the nearby town of Mazomanie just north of Black Earth, and part of a recently-expanded Halfway Prairie School County Park. Additional information about Halfway Prairie may be found at or Friends of Old Halfway Prairie School on Facebook.

-Dane County Historical Society

The Dane County Historical Society maintains a limited amount of online resources including county plat maps.

-Wisconsin First Nations

Educational resource for the teaching of Native Nations of Wisconsin.

-Gateway to the Driftless

This private, non-profit organization promotes the Lower Wisconsin River and Black Earth Creek watershed areas of northwestern Dane County as the gateway to the unglaciated Driftless Area. The region is known for its outdoor recreation, rich heritage, historic small towns such as Black Earth, and welcoming attitude to residents, visitors and businesses. Their website includes an interactive map.

-Library of Congress

Enter Black Earth, Wisconsin in the search box on the home page and see what you'll find: photographs, maps, newspaper clips. This photograph is entitled "Farmer at Black Earth, Wisconsin," originally published in 1941 by the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. By photographer John Vachon, 1914-1975.