The Rock County Historical Society is a resource for historical research, thought-provoking programming, and one-of-a-kind historic sites. At its center is the Lincoln-Tallman House, an Italianate-style mansion that was constructed and occupied by William Morrison Tallman, a lawyer and abolitionist in 1857. Abraham Lincoln visited in October of 1859 prior to his election in 1860. A variety of themed tours of the Lincoln-Tallman House are available.

Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for genealogy and historical research and inquiry.

The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center offers a small gift shop and exhibit galleries that feature Pauline Pottery and Pickard China, as well as rotating exhibits celebrating the history and heritage of Rock County. The new Toys @ Play exhibit features toys past and present. The Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive and educational Tallman Talks, as well as Story Time @ the Museum.


Hours: Closed January - February. March 1-May 31: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday-Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours by appointment. June 1-December 30: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open daily 10:00 am-3:00 pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday-Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours Monday - Wednesday by appointment. Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm beginning every hour (last tour at 3:00 pm).
Address: 426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548
Phone: 608-756-4509