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“the 16th president slept here” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center

Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
426 N. Jackson St., Rock County Historical Society, Janesville, WI 53548
(608) 756-4509
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Janesville
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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
Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
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“the 16th president slept here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 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”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 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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Monroe, WI
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“A historical tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We arrived at a time when there were members of the historical society present and in period correct clothing, explaining the history of the building as well as some of the people involved. Mrs. Lincoln was even present!
Taking a tour of this house would be interesting enough, but having the people there acting out their parts, gave a visitor a better feeling of what it was like to live there at the time when Lincoln visited.

Visited November 2012
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Middleton, Wisconsin
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“worked there one summer at an ice cream social”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 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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“Step Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 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
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