Nelson Pioneer Farm Prepares for Opening Day

Nelson Pioneer Farm

Nelson Pioneer Farm

Oskaloosa – The Mahaska County Historical Society at the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum will open for the 2023 summer season on May 2.

The historical site is open to the public every Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $2 for students, and children 5 years old and younger are free. Members of the Historical Society also receive free admission for an unlimited number of visits. Memberships are available for purchase throughout the year. Individuals are $12 and families/couples are $20 per year.

Special events being hosted for this summer include:

June 10 – Knots, Loops, and Other Twisted Crafts

July 11-28 – Laura’s Days Family Activities

Aug. 5 – Dog Hollow Rendezvous

Sept. 16 – 57th Annual Fall Festival

“We are looking forward to another great summer at the Nelson Pioneer Farm,” explains Director/Curator Margaret Spiegel. “We are already booked to host over 1,000 K-5 children for May field trips and several daycares have reached out for summer visits. We always enjoy hosting our special events that feature a range of topics and activities for all ages. We are renovating the Summer Kitchen and Laundry for this season and are continuing restoration on the Buxton House. We hope everyone will have the chance to see the new exhibits and explore the site.”

Spiegel continues, “If you haven’t been out to the Pioneer Farm in a while, be sure to add it to your calendar! Over the last five years, we’ve renovated six outdoor building exhibits, installed an interactive kid’s exhibit, refreshed paint and wallpaper in two of our historic buildings, and added several new artifacts to existing exhibits. There’s a lot of new things to see and explore with your friends and family. We’d love to see everyone visit us!”

The Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum is maintained by the Mahaska County Historical Society and located at 2211 Nelson Lane, Oskaloosa, IA. If you have questions, you may contact the Director Margaret Spiegel at 641-672-2929 or

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