Historic home of John and Alice Pickler. Completed as pictured in 1894. John A. Pickler was South Dakota's first U.S. Congressman elected from the new state of South Dakota in 1889, serving 4 terms. His wife, Alice Alt Pickler was a noted suffragist. They hosted Susan B. Anthony as a guest in their home in 1890. Other noted guests include Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt.
This 20-room Victorian Mansion is a museum owned and operated by the Faulk County Historical Society. It is open daily from 1-4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. The home is currently in the process of being restored to turn of the century. It is complete with almost all of the original furnishings except for those that have been vandalized.
I am a volunteer guide at the Mansion.
Tours are available daily from - Memorial Day through Labor Day from 1- 4p.m. - for a charge of $5 (plus 25 cents tax) or $5.25 per adult for a one-hour tour. The funds from tours are used to fund the restoration. The Faulk County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501-c3 federally tax exempt organization.
The Faulk County Historical Society also operates the Maloney Schoolhouse Museum adjacent to the Pickler Mansion.
In addition, the Society also operates another museum - the Faulk County Museum in downtown Faulkton in the former Phyl's building located on Court Street between the Senior Center and the Carousel. It is open by appointment by calling 598-4285, or call me at home (605) 598-6203 after 5 p.m.