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Jones County Historical Society

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Edinburgh Pioneer Village, Jones County, Iowa

Click on this link for contact information for Edinburgh Manor, Jones County, Iowa

(NOTE: Edinburgh Pioneer Village is not associated with Edinburgh Manor)

Mission Statement

The Jones County Historical Society mission is for heritage preservation focusing on the unique history of Jones County, Iowa; heritage education being a leader in the preservation of local history; and heritage tourism collaborating and working together with other historical and cultural organizations.

Vision Statement

The Jones County Historical Society will be an educational resource, a leader in the preservation of local history, and an integral part of the community collaborating with other historical organizations in the area working together for mutual assistance and for the benefit of local history.

JONES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Jones County Historical Society was organized in the early 1970s. All items on display have been donated and volunteers maintain the grounds, buildings and displays. The Edinburgh Pioneer Village is located about 2 miles east of Amber, just off E23, 1/4 mile on Edinburgh Road. From Anamosa, proceed north on Hwy 151 to E23. Turn right on E23 and proceed through Amber about 2 miles to Edinburgh Road (by Edinburgh Manor). Edinburgh Village is behind the Jones County Maintenance Garage.

The grounds of the Edinburgh Pioneer Village is available for family reunions, alumni gatherings, weddings, organizational meetings, and group tours.

There is no entrance fee for the Edinburgh Pioneer Village , however, donations are appreciated.

HOURS
May-September: Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm or By Appointment

ADDRESS
13838 Edinburgh Road, Scotch Grove, IA 52310

CONTACTS
Byron Freese, Treasurer, 563-487-3651

MEMBERSHIP
$5.00 Individual per year
$10.00 Family per year

Jones County Historical Society Addition

Edinburgh Ghost Town Guestbook

This website will offer additional photos and information. Please sign our Guestbook. Check back often.


COMING EVENTS - EDINBURGH PIONEER VILLAGE

Edinburgh Day: Sunday, August 28, 2016

EDINBURGH FOLK FESTIVAL –JONES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The annual Folk Festival at Edinburgh is planned for Sunday, August 28th. The gates will open at 10:00 and the $4 button, featuring Grant Wood’s painting of “Dinner for Threshers,” will be your ticket for all of the events of the day. The theme of the 2016 Folk Festival is the recognition of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday. This is one of many celebrations being held to recognize Grant Wood as an important part of Jones County history.

The church service with Pastor Eugene Schipper preaching will begin at 11:00, and immediately following, the flag raising ceremony will be held. The ever popular Edinburger Meal will be available at 12:00, with dinner music provided by Karen Bartacheck. Special birthday cake will be provided by the family of Bill Corbin who is celebrating his 90th birthday. You will have the opportunity to stroll around the shaded grove of Edinburgh, and visit the many buildings that are maintained for you by the Jones County Historical Society. Some of those buildings are the veterinarian’s office, log cabin and courthouse, the old country schoolhouse, Dr. Clark Joslin’s log home and office, the depot (moved in from Anamosa), and the blacksmith shop (from Oxford Junction). In addition, the two museum buildings are packed with Jones County artifacts given by residents of the country.

Special events for the day are: Grant Wood presentation by Becky Dirks-Haugstead at 1:00, Coloring contest for children and adults at 1:30 with old fashioned children’s games to follow, and the threshing demonstration at 2:30. Some other interesting things are the classic car and tractor show, displays from our Jones County museums, bread making, wood turning, rope making, knitting, caning, pit stewing, soap making, crafts, and more.

Plan to attend the Jones County Historical Society’s Folk Festival on Sunday, August 28th. Bring your family and enjoy the fun. It is through your interest and contributions that we have this wonderful facility in Jones County.

The grounds of the Edinburgh Pioneer Village is available for family reunions, alumni gatherings, weddings, organizational meetings, and group tours.
There is no fee, however, donations are appreciated.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Hosting Museum on Sunday Afternoons, May - September

Volunteers who are new can team up with someone else to get acquainted with the procedure. To volunteer or receive more information, please contact Jim Christianson or Byron Freese, 563-487-3651.

Maintenance Projects

Various ongoing projects. For more information and/or to volunteer, please contact Jim Christianson or Byron Freese, 563-487-3651.


ARTICLES


ANNOUNCEMENTS

April 2016: The Rockwell Collins Green Grant Project Committee awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Renewable Energy Project.

December 2015: The Jones County Community Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Pioneer Village Restoration Project.

April 2014: The Rockwell Collins Green Grant Project Committee awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Tree Replacement Project.

March 2013: The Jones County Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Restoration Project.

April 2011: The Jones County Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Restoration Project.

April 2010: The Alliant Energy Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Walking Tour Project.

April 2009: The Jones County Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Pioneer Village Complex Improvement Project.

January 2008: The Nellie Stege Trust awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Edinburgh Pioneer Village Improvement Project.

January 2008: The Alliant Energy Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Historical Document and Photograph Preservation Project.

April 2007: The Jones County Non-Endowed Fund of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation awarded a grant to The Jones County Historical Society for the Preservation and Display of Museum Artifacts Project.


WEBSITES OF INTEREST


For more information, contact: Jones County Historical Society, Main Museum, 563-487-3711 (only during open hours).

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August 2016