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May, Memorial Day, Museums, Oh My!
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May, Memorial Day, Museums, Oh My!

The month of May is approaching quickly and that means two things — Memorial Day and museums are opening!

Historic Clayton County proudly displays its heritage through its many museums located throughout the county.

Elkader, along the Turkey River, is home to many historical landmarks and places to visit including the Carter House Museum, the Elkader Opera House and the George Maier Rural Heritage Center.

· The Carter House Museum provides a blast from the past as soon as you walk in the door. Built in the 1850s, the 18-room Greek Revival mansion has a 19th-century style and is home to items such as the first ever printed newspaper in Elkader, antique guns, and primitive artifacts and tools that show what life was like in Iowa in the 19th century.

· The Elkader Opera House was originally built in 1903 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Over the years, Elkader has been able to maintain and restore the beauty of the opera house to ensure it maintains its central role in the community.

· Founded in 2002, the George Maier Rural Heritage Center maintains a collection of rural artifacts from early settlers and farmers in Iowa. These items were collected by Mr. George Maier throughout his lifetime and are now on display for all to view and enjoy. It is also home to John Froelich, who invented the first ever gasoline tractor to propel itself forward and back in 1892! The Froelich Foundation has worked hard to preserve the heritage of the once thriving town which featured a depot, sawmill, blacksmith shop, creamery and much more! This is the perfect place to bring the children and grandchildren to check out tractors and trains.

Continue on the same path to the Marquette Depot Museum! This museum celebrates the heritage of the town and the railroad. The kids will love all the railroad artifacts, pictures, and gifts!

Find out about all the history of Clayton County here!

Written by Amy Bonvillain | Photo Credit to Travel Iowa

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