Rock County Historical Society

  • Charles Tallman Archives reading room

    Charles Tallman Archives reading room
  • Toys@PLAY exhibit in the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center

    Toys@PLAY exhibit in the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
  • Crafting Excellence: Pickard China exhibit in the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center

    Crafting Excellence: Pickard China exhibit in the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
  • Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center

    Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
  • Megan O'Leary

    The Lincoln-Tallman House

    The Lincoln-Tallman House

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. Next door, the Charles Tallman Archives contains historical documents, photographs, and other resources for research and inquiry.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 Toys@PLAY exhibit opens April 1, featuring toys past and present. The Rock County Historical Society also hosts a series of interactive and educational Tallman Talks, as well as Story Time @ the Museum.

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.

Directions

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.

Features

  • Disabled Access

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes