Open May through September
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday thru Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday
Buses and Tour Groups Welcome
Please make advance arrangements by calling (641) 672-2989
Genealogy Library Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday
during open season
$ 7.00 - Adult
$ 2.00 - Student (age 5-16)
FREE - Child (under 5, with adult)
FREE - Historical Society Member
$ 12.00 - Individual Annual Member
$ 20.00 - Family Annual Member
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The first museum in Iowa to honor the pioneer farmer, Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum is operated by the Mahaska County Historical Society, Inc., a non-profit, educational institution. The compound now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a glimpse of what life was like for Iowans in 19th century America.
Founded in 1844, the Nelson homestead is one of the premier historic attractions in Mahaska County. The Nelson home, built in 1853, and the Nelson barn, built in 1856, are the focal point of the museum and are designated National Historic Sites by the U.S. Department of Interior.
Nelson Pioneer Farm Museum has several buildings on the grounds that can be toured inside and out. Most of these are handicap accessible. Many of these buildings have been moved from their original location to the farm for historic preservation. Both the Daniel Nelson home and barn sit in their original locations. The main museum houses several exhibits, including a quilt display, Indian artifacts, a miniature wooden circus and military memorabilia.
To find out more about what is happening at the FARM
go to the Events page.
Pioneer Skill School
at Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum.
All classes will be held in Bradbury Hall
Thursday March 19, 2015
Starting at 6 pm. Ending times may vary.
Must be 18 to enroll
WOOD CARVING WITH ROGER BEANE
Learn the basics of wood carving by making a fun beginner's piece. Wood will be supplied. A sharp carver's knife is required. Tools should be ordered at time of Registration.
Cost: $20 for MCHS Members
$25 for non-members
$20.00 for carvers knife
BEGINNING SPINNING WITH BOB & JAN WILLIAMS
Are you fascinated by the lure of wool and home spun yarn for your latest knitting project? Learn the basics of spinning with a drop spindle from two master spinners.
Cost: $20 for MCHS members
$25 for non-members
$10.00 for spindle
BASKETRY WITH KELLY SIMMONS
Make your own small egg basketry. This time honored design has been used for centuries. Learn the skills while making a 4" decorative basket of your own. Supplies included.
Cost: $25 for MCHS Members
$30 for non-members
RUG TWINNING WITH KELLY HALBERT
Remember those rectangular braided rugs that were under the sink at Grandma's house. Those were twined rugs, made from strips of cotton. Make a small rug of your own. Your loom and cloth included.
Cost: $35 for MCHS members
$40 for non-members
Call 672-2989 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rock 'N' Remember Tribute
Friday March 6, 8PM
Bradbury Hall @ Nelson Farm
Tickets Only $20 * For Tix or Info call Kyle
402 - 617-4477 or available at the door