The East Troy area was settled in 1836, when a man known only as H. Roberts began construction of a sawmill on the shores of Honey Creek. The area quickly grew and in the span of only four years, there was also a hotel, general store, blacksmith, chapel, school (held in the chapel), post office, doctor, lawyer and justice of the peace.
In order to encourage growth of the community, early settlers Jacob Burgit and Austin McCracken offered a lot free to anyone who would build upon it. The public square was deeded in perpetuity to the village.
Today, the village square continues to serve as the centerpiece for the community and hosts festivals and band concerts, as well as the residents and visitors who stop to enjoy its historic charm.
East Troy is easily accessible from the major cities of Wisconsin and Illinois. You can get here from Milwaukee in just 40 minutes and you can drive here from Madison in an hour and 15 minutes. East Troy is just 15 minutes north of Lake Geneva. With an under 2-hour ride, East Troy is a great day trip or weekend getaway from Chicago.
East Troy has three exits from I-43 with a downtown square less than a mile from the interstate.
East Troy is also on the map for Tesla (electric car) owners as there is a Tesla Destination Charger right on the historic village square.