The Historical Society is open every Friday and Saturday, 10 AM-1 PM
and by appointment.


Three buildings and a garden make up our museum location.
The Pickard House located at 508 Watson Street was once a private residence built in the 1870s. It serves as our headquarters and contains an events and meeting room, exhibit display rooms, library, storage, and archives. This facility is accessible on the main and lower levels by using the rear entrance. As our headquarters it maintains regularly scheduled hours and is available by appointment.The Pickard House was named after Belle Pickard. Pickard operated Ripon’s first beauty salon on the first floor from 1913 to 1965 and her family lived on the second floor. The house was donated to the Ripon Historical Society in 1968 and an addition was added in 1999.

The Pedrick-Lawson House at 515 Ransom Street was a private residence built in the 1850s. It is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. This building is set up as a typical mid-Victorian era home.

Between these two buildings is a barn. It is used for agricultural, mechanical, transportation, and oversized exhibit items, including farm implements and equipment.