Mansion Museum – Forest City, Iowa

forestcitypin.jpg    Mansion Museum – Forest City, Iowa

In an old Victorian home in Forest City, built at the turn of the twentieth century, the Winnebago Historical Society has its headquarters and maintains a museum. This had been a private home for several families until 1945. Then, it was converted into a hotel. In 1977 the Society purchased and restored it. They have collected and display a number of artifacts that help depict the history of Winnebago County, including vintage clothing, antique furniture, and farm tools. The museum also owns a collection of Native American arrowheads.

Admission – Fee is charged

Directions – 336 Clark St. N., Forest City, Iowa

Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May – October, or by appointment

Phone – (641) 567-3329 or (641) 581-4673 


  1. I am looking for copies of any photographs of the J.J.Sharp family who lived in Forest City between the ca. 1870s and ca. 1915. He owned the grist mill at the end of Secor Avenue.

    I have copies of photographs of the W. O. Hanson family, who lived there in the same period, that I could provide to you.

  2. Barbara O'Connor says:

    I am looking for anything having to do with my great-great grandfather, James Patrick O’Connor, a blind shop keeper in the late 1800′s married to Elizabeth Erickson of Wisconsin. They had 13 children and after his death she left Forest City area and went to southwestern Minnesota to join her sister (Renville, Minnesota). If you have any knowledge I would enjoy hearing from you. Thank you for your kindness.

    Barbara O’Connor
    678-641-7733 cell

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