Bremer Co. Historical Museum opens Wednesday | Waverly Logs

The Bremer County Historical Society Museum, conveniently located at Bremer Avenue and Northwest Fourth Street in Waverly, will open for the 2021 season on Wednesday, May 5.

Built in 1862 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building once served as a hotel and stagecoach stop.

The three floors of the Museum accommodate:

• The Veterans’ Hall is filled with artillery, uniforms, photos, and letters from various wars in United States history, which honors the men and women of Bremer County who served their country as part of the armed forces

• The School Room transports you back in time to those almost forgotten days of one-room schoolhouses and the teachers who somehow made it work

• The Log Cabin Room is taken from Erwin Koschmeder’s original farmhouse, which was dismantled and moved from northern Knittel, a ghost town 11 miles east of Waverly

• The Lawyer’s Room is home to the building’s notorious ghost. Was Emma Cronin, a young single mother, acting in self-defense when she shot and killed JF Stevens on June 5, 1883? Or did Stevens, a married man who Cronin says misrepresented his intentions, deserve his final demise? Legend has it that Stevens’ spirit dwells in the former Waverly House hotel where he is believed to be responsible for unexplained footsteps, knocking noises, and the opening and closing of blinds.

• Artifacts from various Bremer County towns can be found throughout the museum. Janesville – the county’s oldest township, Readlyn – a railroad town famous for its annual Grump Days festivities, Tripoli – guaranteed to be mispronounced by those unfamiliar with the area, Sumner – the easternmost town in the county, Denver – famously acclaimed as “The Mile Wide City”, Frederika – takes its name, as does the county, from Fredrika Bremer, world-renowned Swedish novelist and pioneering feminist, and Plainfield – a first stop on the northern stage line -south which connected Cedar Falls, Waverly, and points north.

Museum season runs until October 30 and is open to the community Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Community members can visit the museum for $5 and students ages 6-17 for $3. Members of the Bremer County Historical Society and children 5 and under visit for free.

They now offer season passes for families and individuals. It offers flexibility, with the frequency and duration of visits, to better meet family and individual needs. These new passes offer unlimited visits during the 2021 season – family passes are $40 and individual passes are $20.

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