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Geneseo Historical Museum


Walk through the 27-room 1800’s Italianate-style home to The Geneseo Historical Museum. History speaks as you venture into each room which tells its story, visually! You’ll be impressed!

Hanging in the main floor living area is a chandelier to take your breath away. Each room will fascinate you with the history showcase! Visit the Underground Railroad room in the basement. Geneseo was founded by a group of religious colonists that emigrated from New York. They left New York because they were opposed to slavery and were abolitionist. View the space used for runaway slaves escaping the north on the Underground Railroad. The centerpiece of the museum is the wide variety of President Abraham Lincoln artifacts. Items featured include an original 1860 Lincoln election tally, and a book of reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln and a desk from George Shaw, a Tremont, area attorney. View a dress worn to one of Lincoln’s inaugural ball. Closed for lunch Noon to 1 pm. The carriage house built to reflect the grandeur of the Italianate-style home houses Geneseo’s agricultural history. View a doctor’s carriage, agriculture tools, and equipment. You will see tools used to build the Hennepin Canal and Geneseo firefighters equipment. View the Native American and Chief Black Hawk display, Kent Feed, and hog farming exhibit, and the record-setting harness racing horse, Dan Patch. Geneseo continues to grow and change, yet remains a city of beauty and beliefs. Learn about its founders and how they nurtured its growth into the 21st century. A visit to the museum and the carriage house is a delightful way to explore Geneseo’s heritage.

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