Ripon Historical Society and Museum
The Society owns two Ripon houses, including one with a barn. The older of the two is the Pedrick-Lawson House which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its unusual grout-block construction. Built in the 1850s, it is partially restored as it might have looked during the Civil War era. The barn is used for storage and exhibits including farm tools and equipment. A Victorian garden with markers identifying its various plants and flowers has been developed on the property. The newer of the two houses, the Pickard House, was built during the 1870s and has been remodeled and furnished to resemble a modest middle-class home in the early part of the 20th century. It contains the Society's archives, library, meeting room, and museum for both permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum collection includes Victorian and early-20th-century furniture and furnishings, men's and women's clothing, quilts and coverlets, tools and equipment for various trades and occupations, dishes and glassware, and works of art by Ripon artists. Special collections of such items as local business and professional records and artifacts, wedding dresses, children's toys, games and dolls, and war memorabilia are featured in our permanent and changing exhibits.
The houses offers exhibits and tours; the society offers research library access and educational and recreational programs.