At the Madison County Historical Complex, we are continually monitoring available information and recommendations from the CDC, the State of Iowa, and the Iowa Museum Association to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the Madison County Historical Complex will continue our closure through July 31st, 2020.

This decision was made out of concern for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and the Winterset community, and also for the protection of our historical collection, including structures and artifacts. During this time, all tours, programs, and events will be postponed, and the Museum, Resource Center, and outbuildings will remain closed.

In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the 18 acres of grounds at the Madison County Historical Complex, while following social distancing guidelines. All Museum animals, including poultry, will be cared for daily. Also, watch our Facebook page and website for new information as we announce COVID-19-safe activities for all to enjoy.

During this closure, Jared and Debbie will continue to be in the office daily. If you have any questions, please reach out by email: mchistory@historyonthehill.com or phone at (515) 462-2134. Both will be checked regularly.

We appreciate your patience at this time and thank you for your continued support of the Madison County Historical Society.

We wish you continued safety and good health as we look forward to future opportunities to welcome you to “History on the Hill” at the Madison County Historical Complex.

The Madison County Historical Complex

From its humble beginning in 1904, the Madison County Historical Society has developed into a complex which includes 14 buildings.

The historical complex is located on 18 picturesque acres on the south edge of Winterset, Iowa. Its crown jewel is the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington, a gift of June Kaser and Margaret Guye. It has been restored and furnished in rich Victorian style.

The Bevington-Kaser House is one of 14 buildings on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Complex.

Our collections include rocks, fossils, Native American Artifacts, Civil War and military items, quilts, glassware, local business memorabilia, household and domestic items, early farm machinery and technology, tools and barbed wire, and a research library. Visitors can take their time exploring our grounds, structures and exhibits, or reserve a space here for a special event or gathering with built-in opportunities for entertainment and beautiful photos.

Represented in this complex is a lasting record of a way of life of the people of Madison County, Iowa preserved for all to see, treasure and enjoy. We welcome all people interested in exploring the past through the lens of local history.

Please visit and come back often to experience History on the Hill.

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