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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.

Commission and Volunteers Receive
Historic Preservation Award

 During the 2016 Covered Bridge Festival in October, the MCHPC and their volunteers were honored to be recognized by the Madison County Antique Association on the Mel Penrod Stage. Antique Association President, Connie Bailey, presented the award with these kind words.

“The Madison County Antique Association is pleased to announce that the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission was chosen to receive the Historic Preservation Award for the year 2016. The limestone Courthouse whose steps we are standing on is a significant building to the development of Winterset. Many of the commercial buildings around the square are still historically intact. A desire to preserve these historic treasures led the Commission in an effort to have the entire commercial district listed in the National Historic Register.”


“A group of volunteers spent hours doing research every week on Wednesday. They wrote detailed descriptions of around 104 buildings. They took pictures and recorded all information. The survey was completed and it was concluded that a National Register-eligible historic commercial district was present. The boundary would encompass 83 buildings, 79 of which are contributing and 4 are non-contributing. Many community organizations and individuals contributed to this success. The Winterset Courthouse Historic District became official on December 22, 2015 with the signing by the National Park Service.”

“The Madison County Antique Association is proud to present this award to the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission.”