Elkader has ten sites on the National Register of Historic Places. See links to all historic sites in the Elkader area in the left column of this page. Contact the Historical Society if you are interested in a guided tour of these sites. Take a self-guided walking tour of Elkader and view most of our historic sites and enjoy the architecture and riverside location of Elkader.
See the Elkader Historic Tour brochure. (PDF file - 2.75 MB)
Elkader Historical Society
The Elkader Historical Society preserves the history of the community with records and artifacts from the area's past. Formed in the early 1970's, the Society established a permanent home with the 1983 purchase and restoration of the Carter House, a National Register Historic Site home which the Society transformed into a museum with a collection of furniture, clothing, and artifacts from the 19th century. In 1993 an annex was added to allow more display space. Since the Carter House is a private museum, fund-raising events are an important part of the museum's schedule and the community's social life. Membership in the Society is open to all and volunteer museum guides are always welcome.
*Historic sites articles are based on information compiled by Charles Schiller.