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. 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. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Help Wanted Tour by appointment only.

Closed January - February.
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.

  • 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