McFarland WI Homes for Sale

Small community just SE of Madison

McFarland is located on the east shore of Lake Waubesa. Just 5 minutes South East of Madison, McFarland offers easy access to the interstate and many travel opportunities while supporting a great neighborhood in which to reside and shop. McFarland provides numerous parks and recreation areas along with great local dining and unique shopping venues.

McFarland was founded in 1856 by William H. McFarland. Early industries in the village included harvesting winter ice and fish on nearby Lake Waubesa for rail shipment to markets in Chicago. Later, a small resort industry developed in an area called Edwards Park near the lake. After World War II, the village became a bedroom community for Madison. In the 1960s, Lloyd Schneider, a local lawyer, led an effort to have petroleum tank farms north of the village that were connected to the Koch pipeline. Because they became part of the village’s tax base, their construction enabled the McFarland School District to fund a new high school. In 1989 a major highway project on the nearby Madison highway called the Beltline made commuting to the village much easier and enabled rapid residential growth.