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 in the mid-1800s.

Committee members, local farmers, and other volunteers will host two days of fun and informative activities in a family-friendly setting. So bring your blanket and picnic basket, or purchase food on-site.

Activities take place at the Leander Reeve Homestead, Vince Tiso farm, and the Jeff Burkley farm. Both farms are adjacent to the Reeve Home. Off road parking will be available, and we anticipate providing transportation between the locations.

The Home will be open for tours both days. Guided tours will be offered at nine, noon, and three on Sat­urday. The guided tours will include the off-site locations of the Maysville schoolhouse, and the REA Plant and Museum. Tours will begin at the Old Stone House at the above times.

Things to do at the Making History Event

  • food available for sale on grounds
  • Blacksmithing Demonstration
  • Tours of Stone House, Maysville and REA Plant
  • Kids Leather Craft (hands-on)
  • Bonfire lighting and S’mores
  • Story telling by Denny Carlson and Darwin Meyer
  • Worship Service
  • Kids Potholder Weaving (hands-on)
  • Kids Games

Other Activities:

  • glass sculpture,
  • horse drawn plows
  • caricatures
  • photo booth
  • quilting
  • soap making
  • wood turning
  • knife making
  • butter making
  • drumming circle
  • chair side massage
  • beaded jewelry making
  • rug hooking
  • wine making
  • nature craft

General Information:

Deb Brown 641-580-0103

Darwin Meyer 641-892-4852



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