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Painting by Gene Sharp

E.V. Carter
Ernest Carter 1810-1866
Henry Carter 1824-1896

Carter House Museum 

The past returns when you enter the Carter House and its attached annex. The, built in the 1850’s by Henry & Ernest Carter is an 18-room Greek Revival mansion furnished in 19th century style.

The Regular Museum Season

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday  10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Admission: Adults: $4.00, Seniors $3.00
Children under 12: $2.00
School groups & Bus tour discounts available.

Special Holiday Events
The Carter House is lavishly decorated for the holidays each year, and the Elkader Historical Society hosts a preview party in the museum on Friday evening the week before Thanksgiving.




The Carter House is owned and operated by the Elkader Historical Society

 this site is managed by  Jansen Products

 web hosting for this site is donated by Alpine Communications

Our Mission


Guided Tours

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