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
$ 10.00 - Individual Annual Member
$ 18.00 - 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.
2014 Events at the Nelson Pioneer Farm,
“Memories & Mayflowers,”
New season opener for NPFM. Museum Exhibit Grand Opening.
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
Saturday, June 14: “Knots, Loops and Other Twisted
Rope making, tying nets, lace making, knitting, crochet and
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
TBA: “The Ties that Bind”
Tying and shocking oats (weather permitting)
9: “Serenades and Sundaes”
An Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social with music and fun for
20: 49th Annual Fall Festival
Old time know-how. Crafts, games and good times.
Don’t miss the parade or the pioneer dinner!
4: Autumn’s Adventures
Apples, cider, donuts, pumpkins, wood smoke and a walk
among the leaves.
12 & 13: Old Time Country Christmas
Two evenings filled with Music, Fun, Crafts and a good
old fashioned celebration!
DANCES at BRADBURY HALL
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.
June 6, June 11, June 27, July 11, July 25, Aug 15
Music on the grounds as the sun goes down.
lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the tunes.