Delaware County Iowa AHGP Project

Delaware County,


Delaware County Historical Society

Delaware County Historical Museum Complex
Hopkinton, Iowa 52237-0070

The Museum complex is centered around the former Lenox College. The beautiful campus and buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America. The centerpiece of the campus is the Civil War Monument, dedicated 17 November, 1965. Construction of Old Main began in 1856 when the school was known as Bowen Collegiate Institute. The Victorian style east wing was added in 1875. Clarke Hall, the dormitory for girls, was built in 1890. Doolittle Hall, constructed in 1900, contained the Library and Literary Societies. Finkbonner Hall (the gymnasium) was erected in 1916. Other buildings in the complex include the Hopkinton Depot, which was moved to the present site in 1969. The Reformed Presbyterian Church, with its remarkable Bavarian stained-glass windows, was dedicated in 1901 and donated to the Society in 1969. The one-room school was purchased and moved to its present location - next to the church - in 1971. A Farm Machinery Hall, which houses displays of horse-drawn farm equipment, was added in 1973. A second Farm Machinery Hall was built in 1982.


(except Mondays)
1:00 to 4:00 pm
June through September

ADMISSION: $3.00 for adults
(or Membership Card)

Membership Dues
Annual Membership $3
Sustaining or Family Membership $5
"59er" Club $10
"Friends" $25

Many people have remembered the historical society with memorial funds. All gifts are grateful appreciated and are recorded in the memorial book which is on display in the foyer of Clarke Hall.

School Tours - May
Civil War Days - First Weekend in June
Cider "N Things - Last Sunday in September

Available Records at the Historical Society
  • Old Newspaper Files
  • Cemetery Records
  • County and Community Histories
  • Civil War Soldiers Rosters
  • Pictures of Early Delaware County
  • 9 Buildings of Memorabilia
  • County Church Histories
  • Genealogies


Please contact the Delaware County Histori
cal Society if you are need of a professional researcher.

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For additional information in Delaware County,
contact: Cindy Koegel, Delaware County Coordinator. While I do not personally do research of any kind, I will try to help you find someone who can be of assistance.


Thanks to Kendrick Kreations Graphics for the AHGP graphic.