Farm & Museum
A project of Mahaska County Historical Society Inc.


Open May through September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday thru Saturday

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday

Closed Monday


Buses and Tour Groups Welcome

Please make advance arrangements by calling  (641) 672-2989


E-Mail Us


Genealogy Library Hours

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday

during open season


Admission Fees

$   7.00 - Adult

$   2.00 - Student (age 5-16)

   FREE - Child (under 5, with adult)

   FREE - Historical Society Member

$ 12.00 - Individual Annual Member

$ 20.00 - Family Annual Member


 2211 Nelson Lane - PO Box 278 - Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577   Phone: (641) 672-2989   E-MAIL US
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Pioneer Fall Festival - 3rd Saturday in September

Join us the third Saturday in September for our annual Pioneer Fall Festival. An event for the entire family, the Nelson Pioneer Farm Fall Festival has over 30 exhibits and demonstrations of pioneer living skills, antiques, hands-on activities like butter churning and rope making, old-fashioned children's games, a country dinner, a parade, demonstrations of old-fashioned farm equipment, a parade and lots of educational fun. Plus, the annual Old-Fashioned Fiddle Contest attracts fiddlers young and old from across Iowa.

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50th Annual 

Fall Festival

September 19, 2015


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50th Annual Fall Festival

September 19, 2015

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2015 Event Calendar 

Planning in progress, please check back for new programs and events or changes in dates and times.

May 2nd Opening day for the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum Season

Hours: 10 am - 4 pm    Tuesday through Saturday

Noon to 5 pm  Sundays

May 16th - Memories and May Flowers event

noon to 4 pm

Genealogy Workshop in Nelson Museum 

Use the Language of flowers to make a tussie mussie.

Plant your own heritage flowers

Civil War Re-enactors

Wagon Rides

June 6th - Knots Loops and other Twisted Crafts

Noon to 4 pm

Enjoy demonstrations on spinning knitting, crochet, tatting, lace making and weaving.

Try your hand quilling and spin a friendship bracelet.

Make your own rope

Natural Dyes demonstration

Pretzel making & baking

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday all of July 

Laura's Days

Learn a different pioneer craft, game or chore that Laura Wilder 

would have done in her prairie home when she was a girl.

Activity Calendar will be published in the Spring.

August 8th - Serenades and Sundaes Noon - 5 pm

Concert at 3 pm

Learn about Dairy and the ways that milk and other farm products were used.

Milking, butter making, cheese making, yogurt and ice cream 

all made without electricity or power machines!

Join us for an Ice Cream Social with home cranked ice cream and sauces followed by a concert.

September 19th 

50th Annual Fall Festival

Please click on Fall Festival for more information.

October 3rd - Autumn's Adventures

Noon - 4 pm

Celebrate the fall with a stroll in the woods, apple cider, 

kettle corn over the fire and pumpkin carving. 

Wagon Rides

December 11 & 12

Old Time country Christmas

5 pm - 8 pm

Christmas Caroling, musical concerts, Christmas from the past. 

Children's activities, food and treats. 

Booths of vendors for Old Time Christmas shopping