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“worked there one summer at an ice cream social”

Rock County Historical Society
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Janesville
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Owner description: Take a step back into the 19th century on one of our guided Lincoln-Tallman House tours, explore the fascinating new exhibits at Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center or attend one of our many events such as Tallman Arts Festival, the Lincoln Fun Dash or Janesville Historic Walking Tours. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was once a guest in Rock County's most famous residence, the Linoln-Tallman House? Constructed between 1855 and 1857, this six-floor mansion is an excellent example of Italianate-style architecture. From the basement to the cupola, each floor offers visitors a unique glimpse of daily life in 19th century Rock County. Over seventy percent of the furniture is original, making it one of the most complete historic houses in the Midwest. From 1857 to 1915, the house was occupied by the William Morrison Tallman family. In October of 1859, Abraham Lincoln stayed at the house after a series of speeches in Beloit, forever cementing the reputation of the Lincoln-Tallman House as "where Lincoln slept". On the guided tour of the house you'll learn about Lincoln's famous visit, discover how the house was built, why the Tallman family moved to Janesville from New York, their connection to abolitionism and the Underground Railroad. When you visit the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, you'll find several wonderful exhibits, a gift shop and bookstore. Current exhibits include: *Pauline Pottery showcases *Pickard china gallery *Breadbasket: Seed to Spoon exhibit *Irish in Janesville exhibit *Parker Pen artifacts
Middleton, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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“worked there one summer at an ice cream social”
Reviewed 16 December 2012

As a teenager in high school, I volunteered to help at an ice cream social. We got to get up in the attic and wear dresses of the time and as a young teen could fit into the very petite clothes of the times.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Step Back in Time”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

It was great. I took my two daughters (ages 9 and 7). They loved it. It is a great historical site. You learn a lot and the kids talked about it for days. Great guides. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2012
Thank Ryan M
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Brodhead, Wisconsin
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108 reviews
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“Hey - Abe Lincoln slept here!”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

The Tallman House is like many historic houses to be found it towns and cities across America. The house is maintained as it would have looked in the 1860s, around the time Lincoln, a family friend of the original owners, stopped to spend the night. The Tallman House hosts a variety of history and related gatherings during its open season.

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140 reviews
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“Janesville History”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

A typical trip to a local muesum, some interesting facts and beautiful arcitecture.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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“A piece of history”
Reviewed 19 December 2011

The house and museum are very well maintained and volunteers are knowledgeable. A big fan of their annual art fair in August. It has gotten bigger each year.

Visited August 2011
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