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.
The Museum is currently closed for the winter season. Please visit us April 5, 2017 as we reopen for the 2017 season with a new exhibit "Over Hear: Americans at Home in WWI". The museum grounds, walking trail and Big Shoal Cemetery are open dawn to dusk 7 days a week year-round.