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 in 1857 and occupied by William Morrison Tallman, a lawyer and abolitionist. 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Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for genealogy and historical research and inquiry.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 Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive, educational and entertaining events.

All facilities closed January - February.

Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
March - August: Wednesday by Appointment, Thursday 3 PM - 7 PM, Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM, and Sunday Noon - 4 PM.
September - October: To be announced.
November 23 - December 30: Historic Holiday Tours resume, hours to be announced.

Lincoln-Tallman House
March - May: School tours only, by appointment.
June - August: Wednesday by appointment, Thursday 3 PM - 7 PM, Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM, and Sunday Noon - 4 PM.
September - October: To be announced.
November 23 - December 30: Historic Holiday Tours resume, hours to be announced.

Charles Tallman Archives
March - December: Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM, Thursday 10 AM - 7 PM, Friday 10 AM - 4 PM.

  • Things for Kids
  • Things for Teens

Admission Fee: Cost
Address: 426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548
Phone: (608) 756-4509
Fax:  (608) 741-9596