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RVP~1875 Historic Furniture Shop & Museum

115 S Wilson Ave, Jefferson, IA 50129-2117
+1 515-975-3083
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An amazing display of history!

Stop in and see 1875 period furniture making at its best! Robby is always willing to show you... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2018
Trisha E
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Jefferson, Iowa
RVP-1875

What a great place to go back in time and see furniture being made as it was in 1875 using tools... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2017
Reform676
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RVP~1875, the world’s leading historical furniture shop and museum, is located in the Milligan Lumber, building (National Historic Registry). Owner Robby Pedersen is a Master Furniture Maker with over 20 years experience, who has built over 900 pieces of historically accurate furniture using only the tools, techniques and finishes used in 1875 Iowa. On display is the Midwest’s largest working set of 19th-century woodworking tools, including an 1860’s foot-powered lathe, an 1870’s hand-crank ripsaw, and over 500 different hand planes. The showroom displays over 100 of Robby’s prototype pieces of furniture, each with a story of historical significance. Robby passionately shares his love of historic furniture making and how it relates to Iowa history with his visitors.
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115 S Wilson Ave, Jefferson, IA 50129-2117
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Stop in and see 1875 period furniture making at its best! Robby is always willing to show you around and give a tutorial on how he makes his furniture. While you're there, tour the theatre! This is a gem of a place, nestled just off...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

What a great place to go back in time and see furniture being made as it was in 1875 using tools from 1875. We were the only couple in the shop and the owner stopped working and took time to give us a tour and...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Furniture made beautifully using pioneer techniques and tools, and wood native to Iowa. Prices--1875+inflation. More than fair!

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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

We had an informal visit here that turned into a personal tour. If you appreciate craftsmanship but want so much more than an antique store, this is a definite stop for you.

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Reviewed June 8, 2017

I have taken two tours of RVP~1875 and can not wait to take a third tour. So interesting and educational. Robbie demonstrated 19th century tools and their specific uses. He also showed off the furniture he builds and the purpose of the different pieces of...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2016

This was by far the coolest part of our trip. Robby's shop is amazing. He builds furniture of the 1875 time period & uses only tools from that era. INCREDIBLE ! He's turned an old lumber yard into his shop & has also converted part...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2016

If you are on the fence about visiting my advices go. We moved to a campground that was over an hour drive away and my husband wasn't really interested in going. We made the drive and this is one of the bright spots in our...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2016

Our group of 10 cyclists spent a day in Jefferson. The highlight was our time with Robi at RVP~1875 Historic Furniture Shop & Museum. His energetic presentation both educated and entertained us on furniture making in 1875. We toured his shop and also learned about...More

Thank Tom M
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historygirl1875, Manager at RVP~1875 Historic Furniture Shop & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2016

Thank you SO MUCH for visiting us at RVP~1875 and we would love to see you again!

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Reviewed March 16, 2016

Great tours of how furniture was made in 1875 given by the owner who is a master furniture builder. He and his wife dress in period costume too! A huge tool collection is available to see. A really neat showroom and he takes custom orders.

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Reviewed November 17, 2015

My friend and I must have lucked out. We were visiting Jefferson on a quiet Sunday afternoon, and we decided to see if this place might be open (even though they do not have posted hours for Sundays). The owner -- Robby -- happened to...More

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