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
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+
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.
Knots, Loops, and Other Twisted Crafts
Sat., June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet artisans and demonstrators of historic and modern fiber crafts - including rope making, chair caning, crocheting and knitting, quilting, and spinning. Take and make crafts available for small fee.
Free admission, free will donations appreciated.
Dog Hollow Rendezvous
Nelson Pioneer Farm & Timberwolf Rendezvousers
Sat., August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sun., August 4 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.
The House That Daniel Built
Learn more about the Daniel Nelson brick home in this new program series. Once a month during our open season, there will be a featured program about the Nelson family, the materials used to build the home, and historic preservation. Interactive activities and crafts included in kid's programs.
All admission rates and donations from these activities will go towards our Nelson House Roof Rehabilitation Project that will be introduced during the Launch. More info about pricing coming soon.
Program Launch May 16, 6-7 PM (adults, but kids welcome)
Board by Board June 20, 10 AM-12 PM (kids 5+)
Brick by Brick July 11 & 25, 10 AM - 12 PM (kids 5+)
Woods It to You? Aug. 15, 10 AM-12 PM (kids 5+)
Architectural Preservation Sept. 12, 6-7 PM (adults, but kids welcome)
Wed., May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy new site-wide scavenger hunts for adults and student. Get a membership and begin enjoying the site for the season.
Free admission; donations appreciated.
Laura's Days Family Activities - Registration NOT open yet
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission: $2 Society members, $5 non-members
Memberships available to purchase day of program and applied to that day's participation ($20 annual family membership)
All activities designed for children 5 and older, but younger siblings may come and participate as they can. At least one adult should accompany all participants during the program.
Space limited; registration required. Registration will be open soon.
Tues. July 2 - Wagon Wheels and Races
Wed. July 3 - Outdoor Games
Fri. July 5 - Treasure Box and Indoor Games (all participants should bring a container of their choice to decorate for their treasure box)
Tues. July 9 - Write this Down: Writing Implements with Ink
Wed. July 10 - Yarn Dyeing
Thurs. July 11 - Brick by Brick (Part of The House That Daniel Built program series)
Fri. July 12 - Fabric Fun: Rag Rugs and Bookmarks
Sat. July 13 - All About Corn
Southern Iowa Fair - no activities planned
Week 4 (duplicated from Week 2):
Tues. July 23 - Write this Down: Writing Implements with Ink
Wed. July 24 - Yarn Dyeing
Thurs. July 25 - Brick by Brick (Part of The House That Daniel Built program series)
Fri. July 26 - Fabric Fun: Rag Rugs and Bookmarks
Sat. July 27 - All About Corn