Franklin County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and honoring the history of Franklin County for present and future generations.


Welcome to the History of Franklin County

Franklin County was surveyed between 1849 and 1852. The first town was Maysville, platted in1856. The town of Benjamin was also platted in 1856; its name was later changed to Hampton, which became the county seat. Hampton was incorporated in 1870, the same year the Central Iowa Railroad was completed through town. As more pioneers moved west after the Civil War and European immigrants arrived by train, additional communities were established on the prairies of Franklin County.

Franklin County, Hampton, Iowa is rich in history and preservation of historic sites. Efforts by local residents have been going on for many years. Take time to explore the community's historical treasures and the stories of their heritage and culture.

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All Historical Museum Harriman Nielsen Historic Farms Leander Reeve House REA Power Plant



Visit the Historical Museum During the 164rd Franklin County Fair July 12-16, 2023

Wednesday, July 12: Noon - 8PM

Thursday, July 13: Noon - 8PM

Friday, July 14: Noon - 8PM

Saturday, July 15: Noon - 8PM

Sunday, July 16: 1:00 - 7PM

Enjoy the Open House and Tours of the Harriman Nielsen House During the 2023 Franklin County Fair

Thursday, July 13: 1:00 - 4:00

Friday, July 14: 1:00 - 4:00

Saturday, July 15: 1:00 - 4:00

Attend the Harriman Nielsen 2023 Fall Festival

Sunday, October 1, 2023: 1:00 - 4:00 Enjoy an afternoon at the farm and select fresh garden produce.

163rd Franklin County Fair July 12-16, 2023 See the website for more details


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