Taylor County Historical Museum And Round Barn

taylor_county_small.jpgTaylor County Historical Museum And Round Barn – Bedford, Iowa

The county has developed a four-acre historical complex by bringing in various historic structures. Visitors can look at a log cabin over a century old, furnished rural schoolhouse, print shop, bank building, small chapel, and depot. Near the depot a restored caboose has been placed. A rare, historic round barn is also located in the complex. A number of artifacts are on display in the museum building.

The Taylor County Historical Society operates the Taylor County Museum with all volunteer help, in an effort to preserve the heritage of the past so young people can visualize the things that once were, and develop appreciation for things as they are now. The museum features hands on exhibits of an 1800’s settler’s cabin, a one-room schoolhouse, a train station complete with caboose, a machine shed full of old farm machinery, a small replica of a Heritage Chapel and a fully restored 1907 Lenox Round Barn.

The Lenox round barn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was disassembled at the farmstead approximately 20 miles from Bedford and moved to the museum grounds where it was restored. The entire operation was funded through donations and historical preservation grants with a lot of volunteer labor.

Admission – None

Directions – on State Highway 2 west, Bedford, Iowa 50833

Hours – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, April 1 – December 25

Credit Cards – None

Phone – ( 712) 523-2041 


  1. Conrad Wayne Ware says:

    Am searching for death information of my great-grandmother Ida Belle Ware, who died at age 27 on 24 Feb 1893 in Taylor County. I have done searches at the Recorder’s office and the Bedford Library. The lady at the library did not find anything on Ida Belle Ware, but did find a notice on the death of her 6 year old son, Harry Franklin Ware, on 30 may 1896, which she is mailing to me. She suggested that I contact you for info on the death of Ida Belle. Both Harry and his mother Ida Belle are buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford and I have visited/photographed their grave sites.

    Clue: Ida Belle Ware died just two months after giving birth to her 3rd child Geneva and her death may have be contributed to complications of child birth. Or since Geneva was born in December of the previous year and Ida Belle died just two months later, it was during the winter time and she may have contacted a fever turning into pneumonia. Just surmising.

    Thank you for any consideration.

    Conrad Wayne Ware
    2415 Valley Park Dr
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613-5209
    Cell: 319-269-6732
    Res: 319-266-3054
    E-Mail: WayneWare@cfu.net

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