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History Buffs Welcome in Adams County
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History Buffs Welcome in Adams County

"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future."

-Theodore Roosevelt

Adams County is rich with historical connections dating back since it became a county-- in 1851. And you guessed it. The county itself was named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams. Today, people are still connecting with others here through history. Here's how you can join in this summer.


Begin your weekend connecting with others by attending the First Friday BBQ on June 2 from 11:30 to 12:30 pm at Central Park. This free lunch is hosted by Corning Rental in partnership with the Adams Community Chamber of Commerce. City wide garage sales are Friday and Saturday, June 2nd & 3rd, at various times and locations. You never know what great treasure you’ll find.


Quincy was the original county seat of Adams County where the Oakland Cemetery is located. At 1:30 on the afternoon of June 3rd, there will be a re-dedication of the Civil War Monument conducted by the Camp Guard of Colonel William H. Kinsman-- Camp #23, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.


The Kline Museum is a hidden gem located in Prescott. It is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm from June 4th to September 3rd. Check out remnants of the past, such as the restored 1911 Carter Car, one of only 300 made, as well as a 1915 cash register and more.


Pop into the restored Corning Opera House Cultural Center or call 641.418.8037 for a tour. This landmark is on the National Historic Register. For a free will donation, you’ll learn the history of opera houses in general, hear fun tales of actual events from the early 1900's up through the restoration. You'll also learn about events that are still bringing people together in this wonderful place. Admire the horseshoe-shaped shaped balcony and stand on the raked stage, just like Carrie Chapman Catt once did.

Love Johnny Carson? Call 641.322.3212 and schedule a tour at the late Tonight Show’s host's birthplace. Johnny’s home has been restored to its 1920's splendor. Walk through Johnny’s humble beginnings, hear from his babysitter, and reminisce on some of his great television moments.

America’s French Icarian Village is a living history museum, located east of Corning. At the heart of the development is the restored 1848 refectory (communal dining hall). A one-room Icaria school house from 1860 is also present, as is the restored Icaria Cemetery. This utopian-modeled society lasted from 1852 to 1898, making it the longest-lived, non-religious communal experiment in American history. For a heritage and garden tour, call 641.322.4717. 


A trunk that came to America on the Mayflower is showcased here-- and you won’t believe how small it is! You can also explore quite a collection of military artifacts on site. Be sure to go down to the basement to see the original jail cell in the building.

In 2017, Corning's House of History is pen 1 to 3 p.m. on May 27, July 1, September 2. It will also be open for other community events as determined, or by appointment. Suggested donation is $3 per person or $10 per family.

Have a wonderful summer connecting through history in Adam's County!



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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    It sounds like history and connection are aligning beautifully in Adams County! Thanks for the post.
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