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“A great tour of the tallman house and museum.”

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
Minnesota
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31 reviews
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“A great tour of the tallman house and museum.”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

The tallman house was visited by Lincoln. There Re some of his items and many stories they share about him,items in the house and traditions and beliefs of that era. A woman showed us their beautiful dishes in the museum. Along with the history involved.

Visited July 2013
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“Visited the Exhibits inside the HJW Museum Center”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

I lived in Janesville as a child so I did not visit the Tallman House on this particular visit but went to see the Parker Pen Exhibit, and when finished all looked through the ceramics exhibit. The Parker Pen exhibit is small, and plans are underway to move it temporarily downtown to the Olde Towne Mall to make it more accessible (though Janesville is already pretty accessible...) It is interesting to see all the memorabilia that has been collected. The museum staff is interested in talking to former employees. They are also interested in Parker Pen stories - so be a part of history and stop to talk to the staff there.

The ceramics exhibit is also interesting by itself, but in conjuction with the Parker Pen exhibit, it provides a fascinating look at the entrepreneurial climate of Janesville in the early 1900s.

Visited June 2013
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Lodi, Wisconsin, United States
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“Well Done Historic Home Tour”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

This is a very well refurbished 1800's Italianate style mansion. 75% of the furninshings are original. Well done tour where you learn about the family and how it came to be that Mr. Lincoln slept there. Not much is roped off and you can stand inches from the bed Mr. Lincoln slept in.

Visited June 2013
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Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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“the 16th president slept here”
Reviewed 12 January 2013

pretty cool that abraham lincoln stayed right here.. that is a good enough reason to visit this place at least one time. Lots of history here neat rooms all preserved from along long time ago

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DeForest, Wisconsin
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“What a neat place and so much history”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

I have lived in the area most of my life and have never toured this "hidden gem" in Janesville, WI.
We had a great time and were amazed at all the history in this place. It is incredible what this place looks like inside. I cou;dn't even begin to try and explain what it looks like because you have to see it to understand just how neat this place is. The tour was very interesting because not only did you learn about the house but, all of the ingenuity for it'e time. This is a place you must see if you are in the area.

Visited December 2012
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