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Traveling into Winterset, you’ll immediately spot the majestic Madison County courthouse in the postcard-perfect downtown square, surrounded by a commercial district that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Madison County Historical Society has developed a complex of 14 buildings on 18 picturesque acres to feature the history of this quaint place. The crown jewel is the 1856 brick Bevington-Kaser House constructed by C.D. “Doc” Bevington, that has been restored and furnished in Victorian richness. In addition, there is a stone barn, a small country church, schoolhouse, a mercantile store, a train depot, and more. The museum features local historical exhibits, coupled with collections that include rocks, fossils, Native American Artifacts, Civil War and military items, quilts, glassware, local business memorabilia, household and domestic items, early farm machinery and technology, tools and barbed wire, and a research library. Take your time to explore the grounds, the buildings and the exhibits.


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