Larson House Museum

Larson House History

The Larson House is a Queen Anne style Victorian home built in 1898 by E.N. Edwards.  Edwards sold it to Tollef Olson.  Upon Olson’s death, John O. Larson purchased this upscale home in McFarland and his family lived there for nearly 80 years.  Most of John’s family treasured the house for all its special memories but unfortunately, the house stood empty for 20 years until purchased by the McFarland Historical Society in 2012.  It had become a dreadful eyesore and the community rallied around the project to restore it to its former glory.  Local contractors, donors and volunteers gave time, money and materials to repair and restore this McFarland landmark on the corner of Bashford and Exchange Streets.  Donors contributed to the “Buy A Board” campaign – enought to reside the entire house with cedar siding milled on the edges to closely resemble the original boards.  Others in the community came forward to purchase naming rights to the various rooms.  They honored family members with strong connections to McFarland and their histories are on the walls in the rooms.  One of John Larson’s granddaughters provided her memories of Grandpa John’s home and how each room was furnished, thus providing the general decorating scheme.  Virtually every furnishing in the house was donated by generous people who cherish the house.  The Larson House Museum Grand Opening was in May of 2014.  It is open Memorial Day and every Sunday from 1 to 4 PM through September.  It is also open for special tours by appointment and for private parties.

Open House at the Museum

The McFarland Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day Open House at the museum, 5814 Main Street, McFarland, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Many new displays will be featured in the museum, plus the Norwegian log cabin and the farming display will be open.  A bake sale, food stand with hot dogs, ice cream and beverages, and carriage rides will be offered.  There will be a plant sale at the Larson House Museum (6003 Exchange Street) from 10 am to 4 pm and that museum will also be open from 1 to 4 pm.