• Be A Guest of the Past

    Teachers, students, and group leaders enjoy discovering their past at the 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse.

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  • Coralville Old Town Hall

    Now in it’s new location — 407 5th Street!

    Available for event rentals and open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance for tours.

     

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  • Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum

    The Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum is open for tours by appointment.

    Open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance.

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  • Plum Grove Historic Home

    Visit the home of Robert Lucas, the first Territorial Governor of Iowa. Now open for the season!

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  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse

    See what a typical day in a one-room school from the 1870s would be like.

    Open for tours by appointment. Please contact us at least two business days in advance.

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  • Picnic at Plum Grove

    Learn about Iowa history while touring Plum Grove Historic Home. Play some pioneer lawn games and savor a snack provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.

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  • Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by becoming a member today!

    The Johnson County Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary! We are looking toward a very bright future of continuing our mission and we need your support. Become a member today and help us preserve our history!

     

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  • Barns and Brews of Johnson County

    Explore the agricultural and rural heritage of Johnson County by visiting local breweries and barn structures!

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Who We Are

A private, non-profit group committed to serving the public by furthering an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Johnson County community through education, preservation and interpretation.

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Wishlist

JCHS greatly appreciates the donations and support of our community and members. While we always need donations for operational support, we also have a few specific items that staff need for our day to day work and special events. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution of any of the items listed below, please use our Contact form or call us at 319-351-5738.

  • 1870 Period Clothing
  • Pruning Shears and other landscaping tools
  • Snacks for upcoming exhibit openings and special events

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**Update: The venue has changed for tonight's Taste of Plum Grove. The event will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds Building C due to weather.

Taste of Plum GroveJul 19, 5:30pmJohnson county Fairgrounds Bldg C The annual celebration, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Johnson County, is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food is typically held at historic Plum Grove. This year due to heavy rains preventing ability to set up tables on the grounds at Plum Grove, the venue has been changed.

PLEASE NOTE:

Plum Grove Tasting Party will be held at the Fairgrounds Building C at 5:30 tonight July 19, 2017. Please come and enjoy this wonderful event!
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Taste of Plum Grove

The four historic sites that JCHS interprets now have their own Facebook pages! Make sure to like each page to receive updates and upcoming events.

Plum Grove Historic Home
1876 Coralville School House
Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum
Coralville Old Town Hall
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The four historic sites that JCHS interprets now have their own Facebook pages! Make sure to like each page to receive updates and upcoming events.

Plum Grove Historic Home
1876 Coralville School House
Johnson County Poor Farm & Asylum
Coralville Old Town Hall

Upcoming Events

Wed 26

JCHS at the 2017 Johnson County Fair

July 24 @ 12:00 am - July 27 @ 12:00 am
Sun 30

Picnic at Plum Grove

July 30 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Aug 12
Aug 27

Master Gardeners Annual Tomato Taste

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oct 15

Beyond the Grave: 2017 Cemetery Walk

October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Museum Hours

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Admission: $5/person, JCHS Members and children under 12 are FREE
    Price includes free admission to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa
  • Group rates available
  • Plum Grove Historic Home
  • 1030 Carroll Street
  • Iowa City, IA 52240

Plum Grove Hours

  • Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend: Wednesday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • After Labor Day Weekend to October 31st: Saturday-Sunday - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Free admission
  • To arrange a group tour please call (319) 351-5738 or email at least two business days in advance.
  • 1876 Coralville Schoolhouse
  • 310 5th Street,
  • Coralville, IA 52241

Schoolhouse Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Johnson County Poor Farm and Asylum
  • West of 4515 Melrose Avenue
  • Iowa City, IA 52246

Poor Farm Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.
  • Coralville Old Town Hall
  • 407 5th St
  • Coralville, IA 52241

Coralville Old Town Hall Hours

  • Open by appointment only.
  • Please call (319) 351-5738 at least two business days in advance to schedule a tour.