The Halfway Prairie School is located in the Town of Mazomanie at the junction of County Highway F and SH 19, two and one-half miles north of the Village of Black Earth. Halfway Prairie School is the oldest rural elementary school in Dane County. This one-room school was operated from 1844 until it closed as a result of consolidation in 1961. It was given the name of Halfway Prairie because it was halfway between Mineral Point and Portage, a popular transportation route for early miners.
This park is supported in part by the Friends of Old Halfway Prairie School. The friends open up the school on holidays and Sunday afternoons 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day so that visitors can view the inside of tthe school in its authentically restored condition.