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About Hortonville

The Village of Hortonville is a vibrant community of 2,711 residents (2010 population census) located in southwestern Outagamie County, an area known as the Fox Valley.  The Village is located at the intersection of State Highway 15 and County Highway M, 10 miles northwest of the City of Appleton.  Approximately 1 million people live and work within a 50 miles radius of the Village.  Green Bay is 43 miles to the northeast, Oshkosh 24 miles to the south and Fond du Lac 50 miles to the southeast.  The Village is the site of the only lake in the county – the 75 acre Black Otter Lake.  Other highlights include:

  • Small community charm
  • Close proximity to the Fox Cities metropolitan area
  • Excellent public school system
  • Low crime rate
  • Rapidly growing population (almost a 24% increase since 2002) and employment base
  • Close proximity to a number of higher education institutions, i.e. Lawrence University (Appleton), UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay and Fox Valley Technical College
  • Low taxes
  • Industrial and business park acreage available
  • High quality services – police and fire departments, library, municipal water and sanitary sewer
  • Viable transportation system – STH 15, County M and TT, rail service, close proximity (10 miles) to air passenger/freight service
  • Close proximity to a number of health facilities and hospitals, i.e. Appleton Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Theda Clark Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Excellent quality of life
  • Numerous civic organizations
  • Abundant recreational opportunities – Black Otter Lake, Wiouwash Trail, Grand View Golf Course (2005 best 9-hole course in Wisconsin by Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin), 7 parks, 1 county park with boat landing


The area now occupied by the Village of Hortonville was once home to the Sac, Fox and Ho-Chunk peoples.  European control of the area was first documented as part of the Northwest Territory in 1789 which was succeeded by the Wisconsin Territory in 1836.  The Village was founded in 1848 and named after its first settler, Alonzo E. Horton (1813-1909), who later was one of the founders and developers of San Diego, CA.  In 1873, Hortonville was serviced by its first railroad and was also the site of one of the first match light factories in the world.  On August 11, 1894, Hortonville was incorporated as a village.

The Village of Hortonville is a growing place of friendly people with a strong work ethic, a place of safe neighborhoods and affordable housing, a place in close proximity to excellent learning and medical facilities, a place near bountiful shopping opportunities and unlimited recreational and sightseeing opportunities.  Your future is here.