Where Past Meets Present

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Each historic site on the Rock County Historical Society campus has a unique past while providing a service to the community. Take a tour, view an exhibit or dig up your past while growing your understanding of Rock County’s history on campus!
Lincoln Tallman House

Lincoln Tallman House (1857)

Step back into time and visit the home of the William Morrison Tallman family, learn about the stay of their famous guest, Abraham Lincoln and immerse yourself in 19th century life through one of our unique Tallman Tours.

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Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center

RCHS Legacies Museum & Visitor’s Center (1915)

Your campus visit starts here. View our thematic exhibits, shop local artists and curated gifts, book your next event or inquire with staff inside the campus’ visitor’s center.

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Charles Tallman Archives

RCHS Archives & Preservation Facility (1912)

The RCHS Archives & Preservation Facility is dedicated to the care and preservation of our vast collections. This building is not accessible by the public.

Tallman Carriage House

Tallman Carriage House (1857)

Whether you’re hosting a social party, business meeting or strategic planning session, your guests will appreciate the beauty and functionality of the newly renovated Tallman Carriage House.

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Wilson King Stone House

Wilson King Stonehouse (1842)

Newly restored event space and catering kitchen, the Wilson-King Stone House originally was a 1842 Greek-Revival residence, one of Janesville’s first and relocated to campus in 1964.

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Frances Willard Schoolhouse

Frances Willard Schoolhouse (1853)

Go back to school inside of our authentic 19th century one-room schoolhouse. Built in 1853 and used by famous educator Frances Willard, the schoolhouse serves as an educational venue to hundreds of children each year.

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Our Mission

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The Rock County Historical Society enriches and engages the communities in Rock County, Wisconsin through preservation and dissemination of the unique history and heritage of our area.


Gathering here today in the Rock River Valley, the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS) acknowledges the Indigenous People whose ancestors thrived for thousands of years in this region. RCHS welcomes all the First Nations as the nations pass along their native language and traditions to younger generations.

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RCHS Museum & Visitor Center
426 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509
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Lincoln Tallman Museum
440 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509
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