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
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Genealogy Library Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday
during open season
$ 7.00 - Adult
$ 2.00 - Student (age 6-18)
FREE - Child (5 & under, with adult)
FREE - Historical Society Member
$ 2.00 - K-12 Education Groups
$ 5.00 - Groups of 10+
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Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum
Daniel and Margaret Nelson settled their farm in 1843. They raised six children here. Two Civil War veteran mules made their home with the family. In 1958 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. Many events include hands-on activities.
So come share the fun and enjoyment of Nelson Pioneer Farm - not just another old farm!
Closed for the Season
*Check our events page for special events
throughout the winter*
Office will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Happy Holidays!