Category Archives: Old Stone House

Making History at the Old Stone House

The weekend of October 22 will mark the first annual hands-on-history fundraiser sponsored by the Leander Reeve Home Committee of the Franklin County Historical Society. The event, Making History, will allow attendees to try their hand “making history” when they participate in various activities and handicrafts that were routine parts of life in rural Iowa inContinue Reading

Leander Reeve Homestead: Making History

The weekend of October 22 will mark the first annual hands-on-history fundraiser sponsored by the Leander Reeve Homestead Committee of the Franklin County Historical Society. The event, Making History, will allow attendees to try their hand “making history” when they participate in various activities and handicrafts that were routine parts of life in rural IowaContinue Reading

Ackley Tractor Enthusiasts Visit

Saturday June 6 Marv Fritz and the Ackley Lions Club made their annual tractor run.  They visited Whispering Willows, the REA Plant and the Old Stone House.  There were 28 tractors, lots of fellas having a good time and the visits were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Copies of the new book, “My First Tractor” whichContinue Reading

UNI History Intern Produces Old Stone House Videos

UNI History Education Manjor, Shawna  Massow, chose the Old Stone House committee as supervisors for her 15 hour “Making History” project. The work was a requirement of an Introduction to the Study of History class she was taking. “When I saw on the project list that an internship was available in Hampton, I jumped rightContinue Reading

Recap Movie of Historical Tour of Homes

Sunday December 6 we visited six locations and learned many historical footnotes.  ABCM provided a bus and many took advantage of riding and not driving.   This event was a fundraiser for the Old Stone House. Harriman Nielsen committee members decorated the home for the holidays.  We send a big thanks out to them!  Did youContinue Reading

Historical Tour of Homes

December 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. join us on a Historical Tour Homes in Hampton Iowa.  ABCM is providing a bus for those who do not want to drive.  For only $15 you’ll get to visit six historical locations.  The bus will leave from Leahy Grove around 1:30 p.m. Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm HouseContinue Reading

Plastic Goes Up on the Windows

We’ve got geothermal heating in an old, old house.  We need to help it along a little. The plastic was put up on the windows last week downstairs.  The Kellers, Jeff Burkley, Darwin Meyer, Deb Brown and her nephew Steven all went to work.  First the dead bugs had to be swept up.  Then thereContinue Reading

Winter is Coming

The Old Stone House has geothermal heating.  The temperature can be kept at about 55 degrees all winter long inside the house.  First, the building must be winterized.  Nathan Erickson from Total Interiors in Geneva has been contracted to make a basement door.  He is working with Joe Pitsor to create a door that reflectsContinue Reading

Pie and Ice Cream Wrap Up

Pie and Ice Cream Wrap Up Joan Truax Wipf tells of the chickens living upstairs and the water was always frozen over in the morning.  Her mother lived in the Old Stone House and had many stories she shared with her children, Joan is her daughter. Gerald Whitmore was born in the Old Stone HouseContinue Reading

History Begins Here

The Museum is open from January 15 through November 15: Monday - Friday, 1 to 4. 

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is also open Sunday 1 to 4.

We will happily open at other times by appointment. Send an e-mail any time, call during regular museum hours, or during off hours, call Franklin County Tourism at 1 641 456 5668.

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