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I was really confused for two seconds

I was looking for a date for local elections and found some really confusing results – until I worked out there’s a town in Wisconsin called Sussex. It was founded in 1843 by a bricklayer from Beckley, a tiny town up the road from me. It must not have been incorporated until 1924, though – see the anniversary celebration.

It looks like a charming little town, with a leprechaun hunt and a village softball team. It’s probably a hotbed of neighborly intrigues and burning resentments, but heigh-ho.

They’ve ruined my theory that American small towns never call themselves villages unironically, though.

No elections in my village this year.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 14, 2024, 9:30 pm

Sussex leprechauns?
In America.

Uh, got it, I knew there was one.
Salem Village.
Our first house was on ground where they planted and farmed witches, since “Salem Village” wasn’t actually in the the area now called Salem, but rather in the area now called the town of Danvers less than a mile from our house.

There’s a cute little path tucked in some hedges by the side of the street that was probably an old colonial cow path, that leads to the “cellar” of Reverand Samuel Parris.
A granite field stone lined pit about 8′ by 8′.
Not much of a cellar really.

Just down the hill from the, as we called it, “Danvers Nut House” which was the inspiration for Lovecraft’s Arkham Insane Asylum. Creepy as all get out.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: March 15, 2024, 4:04 am

We have plenty of villages, at least in Wisconsin. It’s a common form of local government.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 15, 2024, 10:28 am

There are quite a few villages in Florida, but there’s no legal/governmental difference between village, town, etc.

Then there’s “The Villages” but that’s a horse of a different color.

Comment from Some Village Vegetable
Time: March 15, 2024, 2:38 pm

I grew up very close to an actual incorporated Village; Mill Village, Pennsylvania. I used visit there on my bicycle; as I remember through the haze of time, there was a little store (and post office?) where I would stop for a coke before wandering on through the countryside. It was a pretty little place, and I imagine it still is today.

According to the history on their website

“A town was laid out and by 1870, Milltown was incorporated as a borough. …
The name at incorporation was changed to Mill Village. Mill Village had become a brisk town, with a population, according to the census of 1880, of 388. …
Today Mill Village continues to be a peaceful community. The Pennsylvania RR gave way to Conrail and those tracks have since been removed, along with the bridges. The traffic light is now a warning signal….

The population was 394 at the 2020 census, down from 412 during the 2010 census.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: March 15, 2024, 2:40 pm

Au contraire, Stoaty! I grew up in a village in southwest Pennsylvania and have lived in one in central Virginia for the past 30 years. Villages rule!

Comment from dissent555
Time: March 15, 2024, 2:44 pm

In some of my younger years I lived in the Village of Glen Ellyn, a western suburb of Chicago in DuPage County.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 15, 2024, 2:54 pm

You need a date for the elections? I thought you was hitched.

Comment from Chuck Kuecker
Time: March 15, 2024, 5:35 pm

We lived in the Village of Cary, Illinois from 1977-2004.
~4000 people and one stop light when we moved in, ~6000 with four-lane main roads and multiple stoplights when we left.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: March 16, 2024, 12:37 am

I sometimes catch a train in the Village of Golf (Illinois).

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