Rock County Historical Society
The Rock County Historical Society is a resource for historical research, thought-provoking programming, and one-of-a-kind historic sites. At its center is the Lincoln-Tallman House, an Italianate-style mansion that was constructed and occupied by William Morrison Tallman, a lawyer and abolitionist in 1857. Abraham Lincoln visited in October of 1859 prior to his election in 1860. In addition to the traditional tour, themed tours of the house are available including Tallman's Technologies, Help Wanted, and seasonal Spirits in the Night and A Tallman Christmas. Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for research and inquiry. The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center features a small gift shop and exhibit galleries that feature Pauline Pottery and Pickard China, as well as rotating exhibits celebrating the history and heritage of Rock County. The new History in Focus exhibit is a celebration of images, including paintings, photographs, and motion pictures, and is all about how they help us remember the past and tell stories. The Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive and educational monthly programs.
Hours of Operation
The Rock County Historical Society offices and gift shop are located at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center at 426 N. Jackson Street. The museum center is open… January: Closed to the public except for events. February: Closed to the public except for events. March 1-May 31: Open Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, June 1-December 30: Open daily 10am-3pm. Closed during major holidays.
From I-90, exit at 175A (East Racine St., Janesville). Turn right on Franklin Street. Rock County Historical Society is one and one-half blocks past railroad bridge, parking lot on left.
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