Historic Preservation Commission

Old County Jail, Built in 1857

Mission of the Historic Preservation Commission

Promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the recognition, enhancement, and perpetuation of sites of historical and cultural significance.

Safeguard the County’s historic, aesthetic, and cultural heritage by preserving sites of historic and cultural significance, which will stabilize and improve property values, and with foster pride in the legacy of beauty and achievements of the past.

Promote the use of landmarks and districts of historic and cultural significance as places for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the people of the County.


Muscatine County Fairgrounds

The Commission received a Historical Resource Development Program Grant to nominate the West Liberty Fairgrounds to the National Registry of Historic Places. A successful partnering of the Muscatine County Fair Board and the Commission secured funding and completed the restoration of the deteriorating swine building. 

Wilton Downtown Commercial District

The Muscatine County Preservation Commission and the City of Wilton believe Wilton’s downtown business district is a viable historic district and through hard work and research are working towards a listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  Such a listing will bring positive notice and public recognition to business operators and property owners who have been good caretakers of these historic buildings and will also inform, educate and encourage others, who may not be aware of these buildings’ historical character, to maintain and rehabilitate them.

Planning for Preservation

In spring 2016, Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission received a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant to complete a Planning for Preservation project for Muscatine County, as summarized in this report.  The project has provided the Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission with an opportunity to identify historic resources in the county for future preservation projects, to identify historic contexts that represent significant aspects of the county's history and development, to discuss how historic preservation can work with economic development programs, and to prioritize future historic preservation projects.  Public input was sought initially on future preservation activities during a public presentation and forum in August 2016 and continued to be sought through the presentation of the final report and recommendations in April 2017.  
Planning for Preservation Report

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The Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission, consisting of nine members who are residents of Muscatine County was created by resolution of the Board of Supervisors on June 27, 2011.