New Museum Crawl

Written by on June 6, 2014 in News

New Museum Crawl features Free Open Houses at Several Museums along the
Historic Hills Scenic Byway on Saturday June 14
The NEW Historic Hills Museum Crawl, is designed to entertain and educate fun-loving, adventure-seeking history buffs! The Museum Crawl will be held on Saturday June 14 from 9am-5pm and will highlight four “featured museums” along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway including the Davis County Historical Complex in Bloomfield, American Gothic House in Eldon, Maasdam Barns in Fairfield and the Pearson House Museum Complex in Keosauqua. Each of these museums will have free admission with special activities planned throughout the day.
The “featured” Pearson House Complex was reputedly a secret safe house on the Underground Railroad as a shelter for runaway slaves before the Civil War. You will take a step back in time to when the Benjamin Franklin Pearson family actually lived there, viewing family belongings and traditional furnishings. You will tour the property guided by re-enactors in period clothing and learn how the escaping slaves used the Pearson House as refuge on their journey north to freedom. You will appreciate the fear and danger that the escaping slaves must have experienced as you peer into the secret hiding place beneath the floor. Other activities of pioneer life are scheduled all day. There will be antique quilts displayed with quilting demonstrations revealing the hidden meaning of some quilt blocks. You may participate, or sit and enjoy, a Revival Hymn Sing staged in the upstairs where Circuit Riders preached services before churches were built in Keosauqua. Two other buildings will also be showcased at the Pearson Museum Complex. School will be in-session at the one-room Ellis School House. Skills of daily living will be demonstrated at the Moughler Log Cabin including wool spinning, rug carpet making, sewing and wash board laundry throughout the day. Free refreshments including freshly baked molasses cookies, homemade bread and ice-cold Haymakers Switchel and Spearmint Iced Tea will be offered.
The Villages of Van Buren will be participating in this special event with open houses at twelve museums throughout Van Buren County! These museums include not only the Pearson House Museum Complex in Keosauqua, but the Indian Artifact Museum in Bentonsport, Pioneer Historical Museum in Farmington, Aunty Green Museum in Bonaparte, Morris Memorial Park in Stockport, White #5 Country School and Oak Grove Community School and Church, both located near Douds, Mt. Moriah Church (N. of Douds), Douds Depot, Valley No. 3 Country School in Leando, the VBC Welcome Center/McCoy Historical Museum & Twombly Museum in downtown Keosauqua. All will have free guided tours from 10am-4pm on Saturday June 14. For more information contact Villages of Van Buren at 800-868-7822/319-293-7111 or visit the website at

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