Lucas County Historical Museum – Chariton, Iowa
This museum is housed in a 1900s home decorated in turn-of-the-Century fashion and contains memorabilia of the Chariton area. The museum house was built by A. J. Stephens, Chariton contractor, in 1907-09 for the family home. The Lucas County Historical Society purchased the home in 1966 for $10,500. All restorations and additions were supported by contributions.
The Lucas County Historical Society Museum campus in west Chariton includes the restored 1908 A.J. Stephens house, John L. Lewis exhibit and administration building, Otterbein Church, Puckerbrush School, pioneer log cabin, authentic pioneer barn, Swanson technical gallery and a blacksmith shop. Tours begin in the Lewis Building.
Some items to look for: 90 year old piano… Chippendale mirror… walnut cradle and homespun cloth… 100 year old rocking chair… Raspberry Cluster tea set that is over 150 years old… pie safe… cooking utensils and much more.
Nearby in the complex are located an 1850 log cabin, 1800s barn, schoolhouse, and church. The John L. Lewis building contains memorabilia from early mining days in and around Chariton and Lucas.
Admission – Free
Directions –217 N. 17th
Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday Memorial Day weekend through September 30; by appointment at other times.
Phone – (641) 774-4464
E-mail address: email@example.com