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


 2211 Nelson Lane - P.O. Box 578 - Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577   Phone: (641) 672-2989
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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


Ask the Curator via e-mail

Bradbury Hall Inquiries via e-mail


Genealogy Library Hours

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

during open season


Admission Fees

$   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+


Daily Visits to the Farm

Explore our 14 historic structures and museum exhibits covering over a century of Mahaska County history. Our self-guided tour allows you the flexibility to explore at your own leisure and spend time in the buildings and exhibits that interest you most. We have an extensive collection of farm equipment and tools, spanning from draft powered implements to early tractors. Our buildings include a log cabin, blacksmith shop, general store, one-room schoolhouse, post office, doctor's office and stage stop, voting house, a Quaker meeting house, and a residence from Buxton-a coal mining community. You can also see our extensive quilt and military collection in the museum, in addition to Native American artifacts from the county.

Upcoming Events

Oskaloosa Community Theater

Halloween Event

Thursday, October 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to host the Oskaloosa Community Theater for a night of family-friendly Halloween fun! We won't reveal too many details; the mystery is part of the story!

Tickets are $3 for Historical Society members (bring your card!) and $5 for non-members. All are welcome! No prior registrations required.

Concessions will be sold separately at Bradbury Hall, where the night concludes.


A Country Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of community and the Christmas spirit. Share a meal, do some traditional Christmas crafts, and enjoy a musical program.

Menu includes your choice of beef stew with cornbread or potato soup with dinner roll, drink, and an array of Christmas cookies.

Free admission, free will donations appreciated.

Previous Events 2018

Knots, Loops, and Other Twisted Crafts

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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 basket for $10.

Free admission, free will donations appreciated.


Laura's Days Family Activities - FULL for Both Days

Tuesday, July 17 & Thursday, July 19

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Regular admission $5, Society members $2, this covers supplies to take-home crafts.

Tuesday - Fun with the Tub & Busy Bees - try your hand at laundry with a washboard and wringer before carving your own soap and dipping candles.

Thursday - Schools Days - Explore our one-room county school before making your own slate and chalk.

Please RSVP by July 15 to ensure we have enough supplies.

Call Margaret at 641-672-2989


Dog Hollow Rendezvous

Nelson Pioneer Farm & Timberwolf Rendezvousers

Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Experience early 19th-century life with historic demonstrations, tomahawk and knife throws, authentic food and craft vendors, music, and a passionate group of re-enactors! Explore the buildings and museum at the Nelson Pioneer Farm in addition to the encampment. Family-friendly.

Free admission, donations appreciated.


53rd Annual Fall Festival

Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Join our annual celebration of Iowa's Pioneer farmer at our Fall Festival!  This year's theme "iowa's Pioneer Legacy Runs On" is inspired by John Deere's centennial of tractor manufacturing. Enjoy a full day of family-friendly fun with music, games, pony rides, old-fashioned spelling bees, hand corn picking contest, field demonstrations, food, vendors, antique machinery, and a tractor parade.

Admission:  $10 adults, $5 students, free for kids 5 and under and Historical Society members.

Call 641-672-2989 to purchase a membership before the event. Memberships will not be sold at the gate.

Members of Friends of Mahaska County Conservation get $1 off admission.

Thank you to our sponsors:              McKim Tractor Service

                                                                                         Mark Lyle


2019 Event Information Coming Soon!