Open May through September
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tuesday thru Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday
Buses and Tour Groups Welcome
Please make advance arrangements by calling (641) 672-2989
Genealogy Library Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday
during open season
$ 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
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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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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
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
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.
50th Annual Fall Festival
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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.
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