Welcome, residents and visitors!

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.

City Park Seeks Historic District Designation

Work is underway to nominate the Winterset City Park to the National Register of Historic Places. The various features in the park — 17 in all — have been assessed, historic research is completed and the first draft of the 60+ page nomination is being reviewed. The Winterset Parks & Recreation Department and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission is working with the staff of Tallgrass Archaeology of Iowa City who is writing the formal submission. The nomination review process moves at its own speed but we hope the City Park will be accepted by the National Park Service by the end of 2020.

Thank you to the Madison County Historical Society and private collections for use of their photos.