Introduction to Hartford, Wisconsin
Hartford is located in both Washington and Dodge Counties. The area that later became Hartford was first surveyed by Nicolas Simon and John Thiel in 1843. In 1844, a dam was constructed across the rapids in the Rubicon River. A sawmill was built to harness the power that is generated from the flow of the water in order to produce lumber. Railway lines were laid in 1855, connecting Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and La Crosse. It is said that the community was named after Hartford, Connecticut. However, the community may have received its name from a nearby heart-shaped lake.
Hartford and nearby Attractions
- Kohler-Andrae State Park
- Harrington Beach State Park
- Pike Lake State Park
- Milwaukee Art Museum
- Aztalan State Park
- Hoard Historical Museum
Things To Do In Hartford
Golfers can enjoy a round at the Washington County Golf Course or at the Hartford Golf Club. Museums in the area include the Clark House Museum, Milton House Museum and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. Local churches include Saint Johns United Church of Christ, the First Congregational Church of Hartford and Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.
Hartford Higher Education
Higher education is available from Waukesha County Technical College, Cardinal Stritch University and Marquette University.