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Tallman House Tours

Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Society’s most popular program, tours of the award-winning Lincoln-Tallman House Museum, since 1951.

For the first time in the Society’s history, multiple tours are being offered, each telling a personal, specific story of the house’s special history. Adults and students alike are welcome. This historic tour provides both education and entertainment to all who experience the Tallman house.

Tour & Ticket Pricing

Tour NameIndividualsGroups of 10 or more
Traditional TourAdults: $8
Seniors/College Students: $7
Children (age 6-17): $4
RCHS Members/Military Veterans: FREE
Adults & Seniors: $6
Children (age 5-17): $3.50
Technologies TourAdults: $10
Seniors/College Students: $9
Children (age 6-17): $6
RCHS Members/Military Veterans: FREE
Adults & Seniors: $7.50
Children (age 5-17): $5
Help Wanted TourAdults: $10
Seniors/College Students: $9
Children (age 6-17): $6
RCHS Members/Military Veterans: FREE
Adults & Seniors: $7.50
Children (age 5-17): $5

Traditional Tallman Tour

Discover the beauty, ambiance and history of the Lincoln-Tallman House during its heyday as the home of the William Morrison Tallman family. Be transported back in time as you walk the halls, enter the rooms and hear the stories of a 19th-Century Rock County family and their daily life. A docent provides a historical overview of the family and their home. Learn details about their most famous visitor, Abraham Lincoln, who visited in October 1859. Interact with new experiences throughout the tour that stimulate your senses and make the Tallmans come alive on a personal level!

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Tallman's Technologies Tour

Imagine a home illuminated by natural gas with an indoor privy, indoor running water, an intercom system and more. Imagine this classically designed Victorian home with these state-of-the-art amenities available to a homebuyer of Janesville for a mere $30,000 in gold… in 1872. Discover the many cutting-edge amenities available only in William Tallman’s Victorian mansion at that time in Janesville. The Tallman’s Technologies tour explains, in vivid detail, the many unique facets this historic Civil War era mansion incorporated. Learn how 1850s innovations changed Janesville forever.

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Tallman House Help Wanted Tour

It’s time to descend the stairs and enter the world of servant life! The Rock County Historical Society presents Help Wanted, a new tour in which visitors learn about Victorian life through the eyes of the servants. You’ll roll up your sleeves, put on an apron and join in a variety of 19th century chores and activities. If you’re a fan of “Upstairs Downstairs” or “Downton Abbey”, this is definitely the tour for you! It’s also a great family or rental activity, as it is both interactive and entertaining for all ages.

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A new tour allowing you to enjoy Tallman’s masterpieces over conversation and a glass of wine! This is a very limited tour and is only offered four days out of the year!

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Set in a Three-Act format, Spirits in the Night: A Tallman Thriller is pure entertainment, with a splash of Victorian tradition mixed with traditional themes and concepts of horror, murder and the supernatural. Discover the mysterious fate of an innocent family as you explore the Lincoln-Tallman House and unearth their killer’s true identity. And remember, avoid the Lady in White at all costs!

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A Christmas Tradition

Historic Holiday Tour

Visit the historic Lincoln-Tallman house dressed in all its Christmas finery! This year, see how local businesses and community members have used their talents to decorate more than 20 trees on every level of the house. While touring, you’ll learn about Christmas traditions from years gone by.

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The Rock County Historical Society enriches and engages the communities in Rock County, Wisconsin through preservation and dissemination of the unique history and heritage of our area.

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Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center
426 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509

Charles Tallman Archives
430 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 752-5891

Lincoln Tallman House
440 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI  53548
(608) 756-4509