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Emmet County, Iowa

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Emmet County Historical Society Museum Complex

1720 3rd Avenue
Estherville, Iowa
712.362.2750

Includes Bolstad School (from Swan Lake), former Palestine Lutheran Church building (Ellsworth township), Rural Farm Windmill Site, Nels P. Petersen Blacksmith Shop, H. G. Albee Memorial Museum and Farm Heritage Building.

Call for hours of operation.


Armstrong Heritage Museum of Emmet County

Second Avenue and Sixth Street
Armstrong, Iowa  50514
712.868.3669 or 712.865.3562

Open most event days including Memorial Day. Call for appointment. The Armstrong Heritage Museum has a large display of items from Armstrong's past as well as historical items of general interest.


Brugjeld--Peterson Family Farmstead

County A34 and N40
2349 450th Avenue
East of Wallingford, near High Lake

The Brugjeld--Peterson Family Farmstead, also known as Peterson Point Historical Farmstead, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 6, 2000. It is located at 2349 450th Avenue, Wallingford. Buildings include a log house built in 1870, a barn, blacksmith shop, cook/wash house, cob shed, wood shed, chicken coop, hog house, sheep barn, and corn crib. One wall in the living room has been exposed to show the 14 to 16 inch wide logs used by Peder Nielsen Brugjeld and his son, Peter Peterson, Jr., felled from their land to build the two-story home in 1870.

Peder Brugjeld and his wife, Gjertrud, with six children left the Brugjeld farm near Balestrand, Norway on the sailing ship, "Dorothea" for America in 1848.  The family lived in Dane county, WI before migrating to Emmet County. Four generations of the Peterson family lived on the farmstead until Maynard Peterson, great grandson of Peder Brugjeld, deeded the property to Emmet County in 1996.

Peterson Point, Wallingford, Emmet County, Iowa

Additonal photos:
Corn Crib
Homestead Hog House
Peterson Homestead
Shed

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett.