Madison County Historical Society
Backstory and Context
Winterset, Iowa is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of John Wayne, and there is a simple structure near the square representing his childhood home, an important stop for visitors to Madison County. Each of these buildings, with its unique place in Madison County history, has been restored and contains authentic representation of historic pieces.
There is also a beautiful barn in the square built in 1982, made of natural limestone and wood and home to the museum's animals.