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

$ 10.00 - Individual Annual Member

$ 18.00 - 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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2014 Events at the Nelson Pioneer Farm,


May 17: “Memories & Mayflowers,”

New season opener for NPFM. Museum Exhibit Grand Opening.


June 9-15 Iowa Museum Week

Wednesday, June 11 - Evening tours,

Thursday, June 12 – Barn Dance at Bradbury,

Friday, June 13 - Membership Dinner and Music by Double Dose


Saturday, June 14: “Knots, Loops and Other Twisted Crafts

Rope making, tying nets, lace making, knitting, crochet and spinning yarns.


Laura Ingalls’ Farm Days

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - All July -

Try a new country crafts every day.


July 11, Laura Ingalls Wilder Music Program “Tunes @ Twilight”

presented by Marc and Brandi Janssen


July TBA: “The Ties that Bind”

Tying and shocking oats (weather permitting)


August 9: “Serenades and Sundaes”

An Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social with music and fun for the family.


September 20: 49th Annual Fall Festival

Old time know-how. Crafts, games and good times.

Don’t miss the parade or the pioneer dinner!


October 4: Autumn’s Adventures

Apples, cider, donuts, pumpkins, wood smoke and a walk among the leaves.


December 12 & 13:  Old Time Country Christmas

Two evenings filled with Music, Fun, Crafts and a good old fashioned celebration!



Put on your dancin’ boots and join in!

Tues Mar 11th, Thurs Apr 10, Tues May13, Thurs June12, Thurs Oct 9, Tues Nov 11

Admission $5.00 12 years and up.


Tunes @ Twilight

June 6, June 11, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug 15

Music on the grounds as the sun goes down. 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the tunes. 


Fall Festival

September 20, 2014


October 9th 

Barn Dance