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.
Experience two distinct tours of the historic mansion. The Traditional Tour focuses on the construction of the mansion, its interior, and the members and personalities of the Tallman family. Visitors also learn about the daily life of the Tallmans, who resided in the home from 1857 to 1915. The Help Wanted Tour demonstrates Victorian life through the eyes of a servant. In this interactive tour, guests are encouraged to don an apron and join in a variety of 19th century chores and activities. Help Wanted Tours are available by appointment only. Hours for Traditional Tours are: Wednesdays by appointment, with 24-hour advanced notice; Thursdays 3 - 7 PM, with the last tour beginning at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM, with the last tour beginning at 2 PM, and Sundays from Noon - 4 PM, with the last tour beginning at 4 PM. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.

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Admission Fee: Cost
Hours: Closed January - February. March 1-May 31: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open Monday-Friday, 10am-3 pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday & Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm and Thursday 10am - 7pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours by appointment. June 1-December 30: Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center open daily 10am-3pm; Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center open Wednesday & Friday 10am-4pm and Thursday 10am - 7pm; Lincoln-Tallman House tours daily 10am-4pm beginning every hour (last tour at 3pm). Tours vary by season, and may be closed to prepare the house for seasonal tours. Please call to confirm.
Address: 426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548
Phone: (608) 756-4509
Fax:  (608) 741-9596