Madison County Historical Society – Winterset, Iowa

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Madison County Historical Society – Winterset, Iowa has a complex which includes 14 buildings located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset, Iowa.

At the museumm, on the complex, some of the articles on display are quilts, glassware, furniture, military memorabilia, Indian artifacts, and even a drum that was used in the Civil War. A unique rock collection is housed in the museum. One room is a local history library. 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.

The buildings on the site are:
Bevington-Kaser Mansion

Built in 1856, the house consists of nine rooms, with all-brick construction on a limestone foundation. The bricks were made in the brick yard of the owner, Charles D. “Doc” Bevington. The walnut for the woodwork came from the hillside below the house. It has been restored and furnished in Victorian richness and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Winterset Train Depot

The railroad came to Winterset in 1872 and the depot first sat in the east part of town. It was moved to two blocks north of the courthouse square in 1909. In addition to railroad memorabilia inside the depot, a model railroad is set up outside the building and serves as a site for gatherings of railroad enthusiasts several times a year. Moved to this site in 1984, the depot was restored in 1991.

Zion Church

Built in 1881, the church was moved to the complex in 1988 from its original site in Scott township, about three miles southeast of Winterset. The church sanctuary holds about 80 persons and is frequently used for weddings and other group events.

Field Mercantile Store

This neighborhood grocery store was moved to the complex from its first location in northeast Winterset in 1986. The store was built in the mid-1920s.

Stone Barn

This limestone barn was built in 1856. In the 1880s draft horses, bred by Dr. Bevington, were housed in the stone barn. During the first seven months of 1889, thirty-five train carloads of twenty horses each (seven hundred in all, at an average of $125 per horse) were shipped out of Madison County to eastern markets.

Open daily from May 1 to October 31.
Mon. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all year)

Admission Fees:
Mansion or Museum: $3.00; Both: $5.00
Under 12 free if accompanied by an adult

Location: 815 South Second Ave., Winterset, IA 50273

Phone: (515) 462-2134


  1. mike stout says:

    I am interrested in finding information concerning Reverend O.T. Conger who pastored in winterset in the mid 1800′.s Please respond to my Email address

  2. Wesley K. Madison says:

    I am presently restoring a 1927 Studebaker and in the process am restoring it as a delivery van which was done to many of these vehicles of that era. I am looking for the address of the Studebaker Garage/Sales that at one time existed in Winterset. The person that used to own and operate it was Gail Kirkland———My idea is to get the old garage address and possibly phone number of the business as I want to “advertise” it on the sides of the delivery vehicle when I have finished it- The “antique” Studebaker Logo is very fancy and will look very appropriate on the side of the vehicle along with the original garage address/phone number etc. Gail Kirkland’s name was provided by Dixie (Pinckney) Jeffs. Gail was her mothers uncle.
    Thank You for any help you can give me. Wes Madison, Winterset Native since 12-31-38 Born @ E. 124 Filmore St. —Raised @ 401 E. Filmore St., Winterset, Iowa—Now in Salem, Oregon—503-581-7255—-@1410 Pacwood Ct. SE., Salem 97306 or “E”mail me

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