Nelson Pioneer Farm
A project of Mahaska County Historical Society Inc.


Daily Visits at the Farm

Members of the

Mahaska County Historical Society are admitted to the Nelson Farm grounds and Museum buildings for free during open museum hours and all events. 

Visitors to the NPFM are welcome for all events and daily visits. Please enter at the museum building unless otherwise directed.


Adults - $7.00 

Students 6-18 - $2.00

Children 5 and younger: FREE

Experience the world of a pioneer farmer at Nelson Pioneer Farm. Over a century of farm equipment and tools, plows and tractors are displayed to explore and study. 

Visit any of the century old buildings from Mahaska County that tell the story of the people that lived, laughed and worked here. Mott's General Store was more than a convenience store, it was a community. 


Upcoming Events 2018

Knots, Loops, And Other Twisted Crafts

The Farm is holding Knots, Loops, and Other Twisted Crafts on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10:00 to 4:00. Meet the artisans of the Rope Making Guild and other demonstrators of historic and modern fiber crafts - including chair caning, crocheting and knitting, quilting, and spinning. Make your own baskets for a small fee. 

Event is free, free will donations appreciated.

Dog Hollow Rendezvous

Nelson Pioneer Farm & Timberwolves Rendezvouers

Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum is holding The Dog Hollow Rendezvous on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th. Activities will be going on all day Saturday through Sunday at noon. Come and experience Frontier Crafters, Skilled Demonstrators and Hawk & Knife Throwing, all at free will donation. 

Laura's Days Family Activities

The Farm is holding Laura's Days on Tuesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 10:00 to 12:00. Check back soon for details.