Welcome, residents and visitors!

The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission exists to encourage historic preservation throughout Madison County, Iowa, by providing information, education, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and locations. We also take a leadership role in specific projects such as the National Historic Register nomination for the Winterset Courthouse Square and the county-wide investigation of Underground Railroad activities. Learn more about what we can do to assist you in your preservation projects and learn more about Madison County history by wandering through the information we have provided here.

Free Courthouse & Courthouse Historic District Tour

During the 47th Annual Covered Bridge Festival

The Madison County Historical Society has asked the Madison County Historical Preservation Commission to once again organize Courthouse tours during the annual Covered Bridge Festival. This year, the tour will be expanded to include more areas within the Courthouse and interesting tales of the Courthouse Historic District.

A covered bridge kiosk in the northwest part of the Courthouse lawn will be the place to gather for tours at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm both Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. The guided tours will last 40 minutes and may even be led by Susan B. Anthony. Brochures will be handed out so that you can explore more of the National Historic District on your own and learn about a few early Winterset citizens.

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A Gravestone for Charlie Moore

During the summer of 2016, the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission had a successful fund-raising campaign to provide a gravestone for Freedom Seeker Charlie Moore in the Winterset Cemetery. Moore made his way through Madison County on the Underground Railroad and later returned to Winterset to live the last 50 years of his life. To learn more about Charlie and to see A Gravestone for Charlie Moore.