News from the Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm

Franklin County Fair Tours
The warm temperatures did not deter over 200 people from touring the Harriman-Nielsen

House during the Franklin County Fair. Many had not been to the house before and enjoyed

learning more about the house and family.

House Restoration Work
The Beeds Mill #639 Questers has completed the house bathroom restoration project.

The worked included restoring the claw-footed tub, replacing the flooring,

repairing the plaster and painting the walls. Improvements were also made

to the front entry. The board appreciates the work done by the local Quester


Restroom Facilities
The new handicap accessible restroom facilities are being constructed at

the farm. The restroom is a much needed addition to the Farm and plans

are to have it completed before the Fall Festival.

Thank You
Special thanks to Glenn Futrell for restoring the hitching post at the Farm.

It is back very close to the original location and ready for use.


Harriman Nielsen Fall Festival

October 2, 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. Food: Homemade bean soup Brat / Hot Dogs Coffee / Pop Pie / Ice Cream Music: Yupitsa Polka Band Two Juhls and a Gem Contests: Tall Corn Giant Pumpkin Cribbage Tournament Activities: 4-H Sponsored Games Garden Produce Sales Free Watermelon Pumpkin Carving Wagon Rides House Tours FleaContinue Reading

Dr. Oscar Bryan Harriman

He may not have said, “The greatest use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it,” but Oscar Bryan Harriman’s life stands as a testament to that famous statement. Harriman was an intriguing combination of entrepreneur, humanitarian, and businessman whose life and accomplishments are closely linked to the history of Hampton. DuringContinue Reading

The Letters Return to Denmark

In 2004, we (FCHS) received a grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa to microfilm the complete Harriman –Nielsen letter collection. The microfilm images of the letters are also preserved in digital form. The Harriman-Nielsen Board of directors has decided to send a copy of the letter collection to the Danish Emigration Archive inContinue Reading

Work continues on the farm buildings at the Harriman-Nielsen Farm

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Harriman Nielsen Historic Farm News

Thank you for all your help with the Fall Festival. The many volunteers made the day a success.  It is good family fun and this year the weather was perfect. The winner of the Tall Corn Contest was Pam Polark, 14 ft. 5 ¾ in., 2nd place – Travis McCormick, 14 ft. 3 in. andContinue Reading

Third Grade Student Tours

On Sept 27, 28, 20 and Oct 4th Dorothy Jingst welcomed the third grade classes to the historical museum.   The third grade teachers, Mrs. Terry McWilliams, Mrs. Diane Davis, Mrs. Ruth Nelson, and Mrs. Wendy Buseman encouraged the students to invite a grandparent, parent, or special friend to come along. Each child and guest usedContinue 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

2009 Harriman Nielsen Fall Festival

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Harriman Nielsen

The Harriman-Nielsen Farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 20 acre farm’s Italianite house was built in 1881 by Dr. O. B. Harriman. Given to Franklin County Historical Society by the Nielsene Nielsen Estate, the property is presently undergoing restoration

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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