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. The Traditional Tour narrative will focus on how a prosperous Victorian family would have lived, weaving in stories about the Tallman family. In the Help Wanted Tour, learn about Victorian life through the eyes of a servant. This interactive tour experience encourages guests to don an apron and join in a variety of 19th century chores and activities. In November and December, come for the Lincoln-Tallman House Holiday Tour with the house decked out in its holiday finery.
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, including new exhibits in 2019. Parker Pen World features some of the most popular Parker pens in history, a collection of old ads and memorabilia, and music from the Parker Pen Band. The new See Rock County! exhibit allows visitors to experience life as a Rock County tourist in the early 1900s. Selfies are encouraged at a host of stations, including in the 1923 Chevrolet Superior Series B Phaeton convertible and on an old-fashioned sleigh. Guests are also welcome to share their own stories and memories throughout the exhibit. A special exhibit celebrates two Notable Women in Rock County: Cindi Morgan Dyke, who won Miss Janesville and then Miss Wisconsin in 1969, going on to compete in the Miss America Pageant, and Sherry Thurner, who conducted historical tours in Janesville's Oak Hill Cemetery and documented nearly 15,000 burial records on the worldwide Find A Grave website.
Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives & Research Center contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for genealogy and historical research and inquiry.
The Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive, educational and entertaining events.
See the Rock County Historical Society website for facility hours and tour times.
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426 N Jackson St - Janesville - WI, 53548
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