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The Carter House Museum: A Unique Blast from the Past in Elkader
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The Carter House Museum: A Unique Blast from the Past in Elkader

 Traveling back in time to Iowa in the mid-1800’s is actually possible, as soon as you step foot into the Carter House Museum located in Elkader, in the midst of scenic Clayton County.

The Carter House Museum, owned and operated by the Elkader Historical Society, showcases a variety of artifacts, furniture, and clothing typical of Iowans in the 18th and 19th century. The house, built by brothers Henry and Ernest Victor Carter, was done in a Neoclassic Greek style that is unlike most 21st century homes. The vibrant green shutters combined with the white trim and pillars, and the classic brick finish, culminate in an inviting nod to the past. It's one that fits in wonderfully with the picturesque layout of Elkader and the Turkey River. Get to the museum by traveling the beautiful and charming Keystone Bridge.

The eighteen-room Carter House also features an annex dedicated to the Civil War as it relates directly to Iowa, and even more specifically, Clayton County. Ernest Victor Carter served in the Civil War as a major in the Union Army. The Carter Museum displays uniforms and other artifacts.

Other exhibits include antique guns, fossils, arrowheads, farm tools, fire-fighting equipment, and products from a drug store circa 1900. The primitive artifacts, tools, and supplies, really put today’s modern life into perspective.

The Carter House Museum is seriously entertaining for all ages, and a must-see among the many incredible museums and historical sites in Northeast Iowa. Open Friday through Sunday, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the museum is perfect the stop on a weekend getaway in Clayton County along the River Bluffs Scenic Byway.

Discover more about the Carter House Museum online!

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    We can't wait to give this fantastic museum a visit! Thanks for the post!

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