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. 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 Toys @ Play exhibit features toys past and present and runs through December 2016.
Choose one of several tours of the Lincoln-Tallman House. The Traditional Tour takes you through the first and second floors. Learn about the construction of the mansion, the members and personalities of the Tallman family, and the events that caused Abraham Lincoln to spend two nights in the house. When it was builtin in 1859, William Tallman's mansion was a home far ahead of its time - with gas-lit chandeliers, running water, an intercom system, and more. In the interactive Tallman's Technologies Tour, you will be guided through a world of Victorian innovation, seen through the eyes of a prospective home buyer in 1872. Descend the stairs and enter the world of servant life in the Help Wanted Tour. That means rolling up your sleeves, putting on an apron, and participating in a variety of 19th century chores and activities. If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, this is the tour for you. It is a great family activity, interactive and entertaining for all age groups.
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).
426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548