by Samantha Haas
on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 6:59am.
Just over 20 miles west of Madison along Hwy. 14 are two suburbs with a lot in common: Black Earth and Mazomanie.
Established as villages in the 1850s, nearly 1,500 people now call each of these places home. And it doesn't take long to understand why.
With rolling hills, historic downtowns and plenty of room to breathe, you'll be drawn to the beautiful views that surround these close-knit communities.
They are both located near a railroad and Black Earth Creek (a hot spot for trout fishing), on either side of Lake Marion and south of the Wisconsin River. They are also covered by the local newspaper, Star News, and share a school district, Wisconsin Heights, that boasts small class sizes for K-12 in the countryside.
This summer, families are enjoying some new hiking and biking trails near local parks, as well as a splash pad in Mazomanie and children's museum in Black Earth. And they also gear up for popular festivals, including Field Days in Black Earth and Wild West Days in Mazomanie, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.