Our “Passport to the Past” activities are hands-on historical fun and education for the whole family.

Some of our annual Passport to the Past programs include:

Covered Bridge Festival, October 10 & 11, 2015

Passport to the Past at the Historical Complex during Covered Bridge Festival weekend brings history to life all weekend throughout the complex. For the 46th Annual Covered Bridge Festival in 2015, Visit us from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th, to enjoy:

Free horse and wagon rides

Old fashioned school lessons at the Tusha school

Field mercantile and penny candy sales

Tours of the Bevington-Kaser Mansion and Museum

A Civil War encampment with battles

Free admission!

Also, join us for a nighttime Civil War Cannon firing at 6:45 pm on Saturday, October 10th. Enjoy s’mores, a bonfire, and family fun! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.




An Old Fashioned Christmas

In December, we host our annual visit from Santa.

Kids Christmas poster 2015

Barn Sale

Our former Passport to the Past Garage Sale became a Barn Sale in 2015. Held in the spacious McKee Barn, there were treasures for everyone! Proceeds from this event help fund our Passport to the Past activities.


Junkfest on the Hill

Madison County Historical Complex is the perfect backdrop for a great collection of re-purposed, up-cycled, and vintage goods of all kinds. Get new ideas for how to make “new” from “old”!


Car Show

See a great display of vintage cars in a historic setting, compliments of the Central Iowa Auto Club.