Welcome to Walworth County, Wisconsin

Walworth County

WalworthWalworth County is located in the great state of Wisconsin, right on the southeastern side. As of the last census, the county had over 100,000 residents. This is up from about 93,000 residents in the 2000 census.

Elkhorn, WI is the county seat.

What should you know about this Wisconsin country. These are some highlights:

  • Lake Geneva
  • The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Alpine Valley Resort
  • Music Theater
  • Many buildings on the National Historic Register

Elkhorn, WI

This county is made up of several small communities. The county seat only has a little over 10,000 residents.  These are some things to know about the town of Elkhorn, WI:

  • Colonel Samuel Phoenix saw a rack of elk antlers in a tree, and he proclaimed the name for the area as “Elk Horn.”
  • The area’s natural beauty and good soil caused its founders to create the first community. These men were Daniel Bradley, Milo Bradley, and LeGrand Rockwell.
  • By 1846, the community had grown to 539, and that was the year that the town had its first town meeting.
  • During that first community meeting Elkhorn was named the country seat because of the location.
  • The Walworth County Fair began in 1851, and it is still held annually at the Walworth County Fairgrounds.
  • The Walworth County Fair is second only to the Wisconsin State Fair in size for the state.
  • The city got the nickname of the “Christmas Card Town” because the city places seasonal decorations around the center. It got this name before WWII.
  • Every year, a local artist name Jan Castle Reed celebrates this tradition by producing water color paintings that are turned into Christmas cards.





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