Farm & Museum
A project of Mahaska County Historical Society Inc.


Open May through September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday thru Saturday

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday

Closed Monday


Buses and Tour Groups Welcome

Please make advance arrangements by calling  (641) 672-2989


E-Mail Us


Genealogy Library Hours

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday

during open season


Admission Fees

$   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


 2211 Nelson Lane - PO Box 278 - Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577   Phone: (641) 672-2989   E-MAIL US
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Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum

Daniel and Margaret Nelson settled their farm in 1843. They raised six children on the farm. Two Civil War veteran mules made their home with the family. In 1959 when grandchildren Roy and Lillian died, the farm became the home to the Mahaska County Historical Society.

Since 1960 we have been honoring the rural pioneer, sharing his life and her thoughts through the place they lived, the skills they had and the items they left behind. 

A visit to Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is a walk in the past. Join us Tuesday through Sunday every week for a quiet self guided exploration or come on a special event day for programs and presentations of days gone by.  Every event includes hands-on activities.

So come share the fun and enjoyment of Nelson Pioneer Farm - not just another old farm!

Old Time Country Christmas

December 11th & 12th

5:30 pm - 9 pm

Enjoy a good old celebration

here, this year!