Structures & Exhibits

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Museum Building

Built in 1980 and expanded in 1987 this beautiful limestone structure serves as the center of our complex and a site for community activities.

Some of the articles on display include quilts, glassware, furniture, Indian artifacts, military memorabilia, and even a drum used in the Civil War. The medical bag of Dr. Jessie V. Smith, the doctor who delivered John Wayne, is one of our prized possessions. One room is a local history library. We have a very unique and extensive rock collection. Early Madison County advertising artifacts are housed in several cases. The museum is also home to deer antlers that are the third largest “non typical” rack found in Iowa and the 82nd largest in the world. It is truly a place where one could spend hours!

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Stitch-Works

Enjoy unique selections from the Museum’s collection, including colorful historic quilts which represent 13 different patterns and several generations. Also displayed are clothing, doilies, and other textile-related pieces such as baskets and hand tools used in the creation of some of the most visually appealing objects at the museum. This exhibit is only available for the 2022 season.

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Portraits of Madison County

See the faces and read the stories of former Madison County residents, some of whom were among the first non-Native families in the area. Enjoy the poses and frames that represent the periods from which these photographs originated, and catch a glimpse of the progression of photography equipment throughout the generations. This exhibit is only available for the 2022 season.

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Bevington House& Stone Privy

Bevington House
& Stone Privy

Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Shop

Elmer McKeeAgricultural Building

Elmer McKee
Agricultural Building

Field Mercantile Store

Field Mercantile Store

Law Office

Law Office

Log School

Log School

Martin Gas Station

Martin Gas Station

Pleasantview Log Post Office

Pleasantview Log Post Office

Stone Barn

Stone Barn

Tusha School

Tusha School

Winterset Depot

Winterset Depot

Zion Church

Zion Church

North River Stone School

Located at 2053 N. River School Road in Winterset, the North River Stone School is open by appointment.