Since 1858, the town of Markesan, once known as Granville, has boasted an impressive history, including claims to having been the third richest city in the nation. There is fertile agricultural land that remains a driving force behind the abundant family farms as well as the canning industry. And an exceptional state-of-the-art school offering a healthy environment for learning demonstrates the commitment to the youth. The presence of businesses, medical facilities, financial institutions and other core public services combine to create a priceless quality of life which leads the citizens of Markesan to believe their town is worthy of being called a Grand City.

Learn more about Markesan’s intriguing past of missing gold, murder, and love of the land by visiting the Grand River Valley Museum and Train Depot located just a short jog from the Grand River which winds through town. A leisurely stroll along the city streets will reveal wonderfully nostalgic Victorian homes. A short drive will lead to an indulgent and memorable tea party experience at the Victorian Tea House. Or venture into the country to find horse-drawn buggies sharing the road with automobiles thanks to the large Amish population in the area. Explore their unique lifestyle by visiting a bakery, cheesehouse, furniture shop, sawmill, greenhouse, grocery store, metal shop and more.

An active approach to experiencing Markesan might involve fishing in Little Green Lake or Lake Puckaway for walleye, bass, perch, bluegill or muskie. Hunters and snowmobilers will find plentiful game and excellent trails. Or try attending a family-oriented event, such as a fire department breakfast or brat fry, the Antique Car and Vintage Snowmobile Show, June Dairy Days, Heritage Days at the Grand River Valley Museum, or the Christmas Homespun Holidays Celebration.

Come see why Markesan’s motto of “a grand community” is a fitting description for this wonderful place on the Grand River.

Be sure to check the calendar of events for all of the details.

Markesan Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 327
Markesan, WI 53946-0327
(920) 398-8023 or 1-888-LT GREEN