Built between 1831 and 1834, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is one of the oldest continuously occupied homes in Clay County. Originally built as a one-room log cabin, the home was converted into a four-room house in 1853 by the Atkins family. The museum displays Atkins family heirlooms and other artifacts found while restoring the home and the surrounding property.
The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum is located near the Big Shoal Cemetery. Established in 1824, the cemetery is the final resting place of 6 Civil War Veterans, a veteran of the War of 1812, and a veteran of the Blackhawk Indian Wars.
The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum seeks to educate its visitors on local history and farm-to-table concepts. Today that Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum has a heritage garden sown with heirloom seeds that are all at least 100 years old! They grow herbs, strawberries, asparagus, and other perennials in the heritage garden. There is a pumpkin patch and a grove of apple trees on the property as well. Everything grown today at the Atkins-Johnson farm and Museum would have been grown back when the Atkins and Johnson families lived on the land.
Open April 10th through December 14th, 2019
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm