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:
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.
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.
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)
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