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The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission exists to encourage historic preservation throughout Madison County, Iowa, by providing information, education, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and locations. We also take a leadership role in specific projects such as the National Historic Register nomination for the Winterset Courthouse Square and the county-wide investigation of Underground Railroad activities. Learn more about what we can do to assist you in your preservation projects and learn more about Madison County history by wandering through the information we have provided here.

Legacy in Stone
Madison County Courthouse Restoration Project

The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission supports the fund-raising work of the Friends of the Madison County Courthouse in their effort to raise funds to provide needed restoration to our 1876 limestone courthouse.  To help the stately building as it ages along with revising it to function in a modern world, a detailed study of the building was conducted in 2017.  The  resulting 430-page Historic Structure Report detailed the building’s history and every aspect of its construction and modification throughout its 140 years of existence.  This report provides a blueprint for needed improvements to keep the building functioning far into the future.  The Legacy in Stone project addresses its most urgent needs. 

To read more about the project and how you can help fund the needed work, click the Legacy in Stone tile below.