Introduction to Deforest, Wisconsin

DeForest is home to some 7,368 residents.

Deforest History

Deforest is a village located in Dane County along the Yahara River. The community was initially a part of Windsor. It was named in honor of Isaac De Forest, who bought the land on which the community now sits in 1856. Dane County was established as a territorial county in 1836. It was named in honor of Nathan Dane, a delegate from Massachusetts to the Congress of the Confederation. He was instrumental in carving Wisconsin out of the Northwest Territory.

Deforest and nearby Attractions

  • Mount Horeb Mustard Museum
  • Badger Prairie County Park
  • State Historical Museum of Wisconsin
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Yahara Heights County Park

Things To Do In Deforest

The State Historical Museum of Wisconsin, the Chazen Museum of Art, the Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are popular local recreational spots. Local churches include Lord of Love Lutheran Church, De Forest Moravian Church and Christ Lutheran Church.

Deforest Transportation

The nearest major airport is General Mitchell International.

Deforest Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Madison Area Technical College, Rock Valley College or at the University of Wisconsin.


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Employed Population 16+
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Median Earnings25+
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Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Deforest Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Deforest Public Libraries

Deforest Area Public Library
Deforest, Wisconsin
(608) 846-5482

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