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Oskaloosa - Nelson Pioneer Farm And Museum

2211 Nelson Lane


Founded in 1844, the Nelson homestead is one of the premier historic attractions in Mahaska County. The property, maintained by the Mahaska County Historical Society, Inc., a non-profit, educational institution, now features historic buildings from all over Mahaska County, providing visitors a glimpse of what life was like for Iowans in 19th century America.

The Nelson home, built in 1853, and the Nelson barn, built in 1856, are the focal point of the museum and are designated National Historic Sites by the U.S. Department of Interior.


James Boots

Friday, April 13, 2018
The grounds are well maintained and it looks like an interesting attraction. We are using the hall for a wedding reception this weekend. It is a very nice facility with an awesome kitchen set up. I would highly recommend it.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Plan to spend at least a few hours there. They have historic buildings (cabin, houses, barns, shops, school, general store, etc.) And all kinds of farming equipment. Make sure to meet their volunteers- they are amazing!

Ginger Allsup

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Very interesting and educational to learn about and experience the history of pioneer life in the area that we live.

James Tower

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
Come join us for Blacksmithing at the historic Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum. We meet second Saturday of the month at 10:00am and play around until 1:00. It's fun, and free!

Judy winegar

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Great place for a beautiful wedding reception!

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