Cedar County Historical Society & Museum

 1094 Hwy 38 * Tipton, IA * 52772

A Little House for the Prairie Villiage

History of Little House

Jeremiah Baughman purchased a farm in Pioneer Township south of Mechanicsville after he arrived in Cedar County from Pennsylvania in 1856, where he remained until his death in 1901. He built what is now known as the “Robinson Barn” during this time as well as the house known as “Little House”. To this day you can see “Jeremiah Baughman, 1880” inscribed in pencil on the wall of the oats bin in the Robinson barn. In 1904 James Shrope, Jr. purchased the 200 acre farm. His father, James Shrope, Sr. migrated to Cedar County from Pennsylvania in 1855. In 1906 the Little House was moved a few feet to make room for the “Big House”. Since this time the Shrope family has used Little House for storage. These two families who have called this farm home have left a legacy that enriches our community to this day. Descendants include those with the names: Rate, Shrope, McNee, Kramer, Johnson, Pickert, Davidson, Tonne, Miller, Coon, Robinson, Albaugh, and Zerbe.

The farm on which Little House stands is now owned by one of those descendants Adam and Susan Robinson who have given Little House to the Cedar County Historical Society for our Prairie Village. The addition of Little House and its smokehouse would enrich the Prairie Village by adding another layer of our historical past.

This small two room house is 14 ft by 16 ft and 16 ft tall at its peak. The downstairs served as the families’ kitchen and living area while the upper floor was used as sleeping quarters. Though it only has a 224 square foot, footprint the Little House and its smokehouse are rich with stories to tell us about the lives of the settlers of Cedar County.

Moving Little House

We have already received a generous donation to cover the cost of moving Little House and its smokehouse from its present location south of Mechanicsville to the Prairie Village at the Cedar County Historical Site located on Highway 38 North of Tipton.

We still have a need for funds to prepare a spot in the Prairie Village for Little House and its smokehouse as well as for the necessary exterior structural repairs to maintain the soundness of the structures.

Our goal of $15,000 can be reached through the charitable gifts from all those who want to preserve our Cedar County history. At this time we are seeking pledges from kind donors, like you; once we have enough pledges to cover the necessary expenses to settle Little House and its smokehouse at their new home in the Prairie Village we will contact you for the donation of the amount you pledged. Your donation will go towards the cost of:

  • Building a new foundation
  • Exterior and interior repairs
  • Rebuilding the porch (severely damaged in a storm June 2014)
  • Replacing windows

To pledge today, fill out the online form on the left . Or stop in at the Cedar County Historical Society Museum on Highway 38 North in Tipton. You can also email your contact information with your pledge to cchsmus@iowatelecom.net ; please put “Pledge” in the subject line.  Or you can mail your pledge to the Cedar County Historical Society, PO Box 254, Tipton, Iowa 52772.

Thank you for your generous support for the Little House and Prairie Village.