Folklore Village – Dodgeville Wisconsin

Folklore Village Farm, located at 3210 County Highway BB in Dodgeville, Wisconsin is a popular tourist attraction in the area. Founded in 1967 by Jane Farwell, an internationally known folk dance instructor, the community was set up and continues to be guided by her unique philosophy of teaching. The Village additionally is utilized by locals as a location for various community functions.

Rural folk life in Wisconsin is authentically duplicated at Folklore Village as well as such events as an old time barn dance, egg decorating workshops and a hands-on blacksmithing workshop. Students are taught the art of shaping metal into both ornamental and practical shapes, soap making, knitting, as well as playing various musical instruments in the unique environment of a folk culture learning retreat. Classes in rosemaling – which is a specific style of Norwegian painting seen in homes, kitchens, dinnerware and jewelry that has been popular for centuries – are also taught in the Village.

Fees for participation in Village Workshops range from $5 to $25 per class depending upon the length of the class and the materials needed. To check upon the availability of a class and the specific fee required, phone the Village Office at 608-924-4000.

Participants in this program will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an atmosphere of folklore music, food, traditions and dance representative of folklorian Wisconsin, other parts of the United States and other countries as well.

College students attending these retreats can apply for credits through the University of Wisconsin at Plattsville.

Weekend festivals celebrating the music of England, Sweden, Scandinavia, Germany and the United States are held throughout the Spring and Summer months. These weekends often offer traditional meals of tasty dishes native to the specific countries featured as well as workshops whereby participants can learn more about crafts and culture of these countries.


Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 30 – July 3, 2006
Scandinavian dance, music, food and crafts.

Hardanger Fiddle Association of America’s Annual Meeting
July 20 – 23, 2006
Dance, performances and presentations on Norwegian culture.

German Folk Dance Weekend
August 4 – 6, 2006
Annual gathering of North American Federation of German Folk Dance Groups featuring old and new dances from the Swiss colonies.


The Wisconsin Arts Board has donated an exhibit detailing the life and works of the famed writer and poet, William Wadsworth (1770-1850). His writings and the impressive artistry of the period makes a visit to this exhibit a memorable one.

Steeping oneself in the arts, cultures and traditions of the United States and the world is what Folklore Village is all about and a visit to the Village is one not easily forgotten.