People have been in love with little old Cooksville for more than a 100 years—probably longer, since its founding 175 years ago.
|Cook House, photo c. 1930|
The Village of Cooksville was founded in northwestern Rock County in 1842, and began life as a small frontier settlement of talented pioneers, farmers, merchants, and artisans in the Wisconsin Territory.
The village soon welcomed more immigrants—craftsmen and women, artists, teachers, gardeners, retirees, and, eventually, home restorers— all attracted by Cooksville’s rural setting and its small village charm, which continues to appeal to both residents and visitors in the 21st century.
|Cooksville Lutheran Church, photo c.1930|
What is that attraction? People have been commenting for years about the small “Town that Time (and the railroad) Forgot,” and which is now officially designated as a historically significant village by the national, state and local governments. People have been traveling to visit it, returning for the memories it holds in their hearts and praising it for its special history and architecture—and for its unique character as a survivor from the mid-19th century.