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Richardson-Jakway Historic Site

Richardson JakwayLocated just two miles south of Aurora, this historic pioneer settlement, once known as Muddville, played a vital role in westward movement as well as pioneer settlement during the 1800s. After the construction of the Chicago Great Western Railroad through Aurora in 1886, Muddville residents began leaving their homes for an easier way of life in Aurora. Now managed by Buchanan County Conservation, the community and farmstead was designated as a SSNHA Partner Site in 2004. Through use of interpretive signs, funded in part by SSNHA, the story of this early Buchanan County community along with its agricultural heritage are being preserved.

The most prominent feature of this site, the Richardson-Jakway house serves as a living museum where visitors are able to step back in time. This historic home was constructed by Abiathar Richardson in 1851, a native of Maine, who painted it the romantic color of red that it is known for today. Over the years, the home served as a polling place for the first election ever held in the township, a post office and a stagecoach inn. Due to its rich history, the Richardson-Jakway house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Helping to further preserve and develop this unique site’s heritage, Septemberfest, a traditional music and heritage craft festival, is held annually. During the event, the site is brought to life with a variety of cultural activities and demonstrations for both young and old. Proceeds from the event go towards continued restoration and preservation of this historic house. To learn more about the site, click here or contact the Buchanan County Conservation Board office at 319-636-2617.

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