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The Pecatonica River runs through Argyle, Wisconsin
The Pecatonica River runs through Argyle, Wisconsin
Village of Argyle

If you have been traveling along with Day Trip Examiner, you likely have seen several stories about the beautiful Green County Barn Quilts. If you missed them or forgot, check them out:

See the barn quilts of Green County

Enjoy the barn quilts of Green County - Part II

The rural beauty of barn quilts

Earlier this week, Day Trip Examiner led you through stunning landscapes viewing nine barn quilts, some tucked away in sleepy spots of Green County.

However, to be honest, it is time to remind readers that while knowledgeable about Wisconsin tourism, Day Trip Examiner is directionally challenged. To make your travels easier, Day Trip Examiner highly recommends this book!

The last barn quilt we viewed left us near the Lafayette County Village of Argyle. Stop in Argyle for a bit of shopping and dining.

For a casual lunch and the feeling you have stepped back to the 1960s in rural Wisconsin consider a bite of lunch at Irma's Kitchen at 336 East Milwaukee Street. Regardless of what you have for lunch, be sure to save room for pie for dessert!

However, all bias aside, Day Trip Examiner has to share that her favorite restaurant in the area is Partridge Hall in Argyle. Located in a building built in 1878 when the lower level served as a carpenter shop for local resident Alanson Partridge. The upper floor was used for evening events, such as dances and dinners.

Those with an interest in Wisconsin history will be delighted to know that in 1886, a south wing was added on in time for a July 4th celebration at which Robert Marion Lafollette delivered a two hour oration!

As time moved on the building became a movie theatre and was still used for community events. When the automobile allowed locals to roam farther for entertainment, the building was used less and less, even being used as a chicken hatchery before falling into disrepair and being boarded up. After a series of former owners had gutted much of the interior, the building was sold at Sheriff's sale in 1991.

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, under the name of the movie theatre it once housed, The Star Theatre, the building retains much of its original storefront, fascia and windows.

The inside has been painstakingly restored and is decorated with a charming blend of local antiques and memorabilia. However, what comes from the inside of the kitchen may be most important to the hungry Day Tripper!

Day Trip Examiner recently wrote about a local event now held annually at Partridge Hall.

Open seven days a week, delicious homemade pizza is a must for lunch. However, the salads and sandwich menu also features several winners! In the evening, a full dinner menu is available and regardless of your choice you will not leave hungry nor disappointed. If dessert is offered, it will be homemade and worth every calorie tucked away in each and every delectable morsel!

Day Trip Examiner has had Partridge Hall's Sunday buffet countless times. Go hungry as there will be plenty to eat and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised at your tab because the prices at Partridge Hall will allow you money left to shop! This is not an over-priced, under valued buffet like many found in the city.

Check back again as Day Trip Examiner looks at the recreational and shopping opportunities in and around Argyle.


  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    We LOVE the Partridge Hall.......the food is always beyond awesome and you are so right...the prices are affordable. You can't go wrong when you choose Partridge Hall for your dining........and the antiques on the walls are so entertaining and can spend lots of time there just looking at them all. Billie

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