Restoration Timeline









 Dentist Office

 McDonald Cabin

 Civil War Room/ Archaeology Display

 Stagecoach Stop Tavern

50s Room/ 1915 Kitchen

 1946 Kitchen

1941 Sleeping Room 

 Restoration Gallery

With the retirement of the mortgage and exterior stabilization debt, the small resources of the Foundation were focused on the restoration of the interior of the building. Many house museums are restored to a single period or year in its history. The Foundation decided that this would not tell the long and varied history of the building nor reflect the county's heritage. It was determined to restore rooms to different significant eras in the building's history.

The cost of the restoration effort is considerable. Some structural change, decor, and purchase of furnishings and period antique pieces are necessary. Fundraising continues by selling souvenirs, Old Stagecoach Stop Cookbooks, bricks, memberships, and donations. Additions continue, as well as the ongoing challenge of maintaining a 150 year old building.

For a glimpse of each room, click on the room in the timeline above.

Maxine Farnham, founding member, accepts the Hometown Pride Award for Preservation from Dan Kaercher, editor of Midwest Living Magazine. The Foundation won the award, one of sixteen in four categories, from a field of 650 entrants. The Old Stagecoach Stop was a grand prize winner in the preservation category.