In 2011, the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission applied for and received a grant from the Greater Madison County Community Foundation to create a Traveling History Display. Since that time, local photographer Beth Gray has spent many hours photographing items of interest and gathering historic photos plus creating accompanying text to arrange on this beautiful display.  It has received much local acclaim.  The various topics displayed provide information on our local history and just may pique your interest to delve deeper into Madison County’s rich heritage.

The display will be housed at the Winterset Public Library from February through May, 2020 and will hold various topics.  Please stop in and check the display frequently to get your personal dose of Madison County history.

In June, 2020, the display will travel to the Madison County Historical Museum where it will be available for FREE viewing by Madison County Citizens and visitors to the Historical Complex through October, 2020.


 Look for These Topics: 

Featured Madison County properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A collection of “then and now” photos of commercial buildings in the Winterset Courthouse Historic District.

Seven citizens who played a part in Madison County’s section of the Underground Railroad, including one Freedom Seeker (runaway slave) who returned to Winterset to live for 50 years.  History of various towns throughout Madison County.

Photos and captions of the three Madison County Courthouses – the original log Courthouse, the first limestone one that burned, and our current 1878 Courthouse.

Cemeteries and interesting gravestones in each of the 16 Madison County townships.

A display of Madison County’s country schools from the research of Ron Howell.




We are indebted to the Madison County Historical Society for the historic photos used in these displays.