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Rock County Historical Society

426 N. Jackson St., Rock County Historical Society, Janesville, WI 53548
+1 608-756-4509
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So much more than a Museum!

I'm in love with the Rock County Historical Society. If there is ever such a thing as a "living... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Casandra M
Tall man art show

Was a great time had a lot of great vendors , crafts and gifts. Music was great and they had a few... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Christopher M
Janesville, Wisconsin
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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
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426 N. Jackson St., Rock County Historical Society, Janesville, WI 53548
+1 608-756-4509
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

I'm in love with the Rock County Historical Society. If there is ever such a thing as a "living" historical society, this would be it. RCHS is incredibly integrated with the Janesville community and host a generous amount of events ("core events'", and then smaller,...More

Thank Casandra M
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Was a great time had a lot of great vendors , crafts and gifts. Music was great and they had a few food trucks witch was great! Seeing a lot of the historical parts of the house was very interesting an to see all you...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 27 June 2017

If you like to step back in time, and experience a piece of history, this tour is for you. The docents are very knowledgeable about the Tallman family, Lincolns time there, and the history of the house. We had a 15 year old trainee, and...More

1  Thank dmkrusito
Reviewed 21 June 2017

The Tallman House is part of the campus of buildings that comprise the Rock County Historical Society. It is a fine example of mid-century 1800's Italianate style. The home has many original pieces of original furnishings used by the Tallman family. We went during Christmas...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I grew up in the area and was familiar with the Tallman House and Rock County Historical Society, but had never toured the house. I took my family (husband and teen daughter) over the holiday break while visiting relatives. We found a very pleasant tour,...More

Thank Kristin K
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Went to the Spirits of the night Tallman Thriller at the Tallman House. It was $20 a person for about a 15 minute tour. Start out by sitting in a dark lit room while they play a recording. Then walk to the Tallman House where...More

2  Thank K L
Mike R, Manager at Rock County Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2016

K L: We appreciate your candid feedback regarding our Spirits in the Night tour! The intent and design of the experience is to use the house as a backdrop to a theatrical, fictional story about a tragedy that befell a innocent family. To many who...More

Reviewed 30 August 2016

When I was a child this was a much bigger place. I would go here a couple of times a week, so often that I would tell the guides information that they were not aware of. I would dream of being back in the times...More

Thank Patricia L
Reviewed 23 August 2016

History comes alive for kids and teens here. They have added a Storytime once a month. Events are engaging! Snap Apple eve in October-like Halloween with crafts, stories. Lincoln-Tallman Dash in November, Christmas odd traditions and stories with food samples in December. Walking tours, Cache...More

Thank Holly L
Reviewed 9 August 2016

... at what a treat the Tallman House tour is. Granted, the Tallmans aren't household names outside Janesville, but what I hadn't realized is that the great majority of the furnishings in the house are original-- including the bed Lincoln slept in in his visit....More

Thank tkinnama2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This house has 26 rooms, Italian Villa style. Built in 1855-1857, yes two years! President Lincoln has stayed there for a couple of nights and he asked to sit with the common folk in the parlor. "The Peoples President" The furniture of that era was...More

Thank pat c
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Response from Mike R | Property representative |
L M, I think the option is to add photos directly to the review while the review is being made or, after the review is posted, the photos must be added separately. Where it says "Review" on our main page, there should be a... More