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!
In the South Gallery, uniforms and memorabilia from various organizations will be displayed. Where did you or your family participate? In a community band? As part of a 4H group? Visit this exhibit and learn more. This exhibit is included in admission and is only available during the 2023 season.
In the North Gallery, you will find photos, advertising, maps, and much more that depict the development of Madison County’s eight towns: Bevington, Earlham, Macksburg, Patterson, Peru, St.: Charles, Truro, and Winterset. This exhibit is included in admission and is only available during the 2023 season.