he Old Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Old Jail and Residence is the Official Museum for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association (ISSDA).

he Old Cedar County Jail is open for viewing the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

Current Calender of Events for the Old Cedar County Jail.


Old Jail Open 5-8 pm.
Bake Sale, Holiday items, shirts, jail puzzles and ornaments for sale.

Live music by Bill Beebe, one man band 6-8 pm - at the Old Jail.

Buchanan House Winery wine tasting 5-8 pm - at the Old Jail.


Holiday Open House at Old Cedar County Jail 10-4, Saturday, November 24, 2017. Bake Sale, Holiday items for Sale, Jail Puzzles, t-shirts and ornaments. The Residence is decorated in its holiday finery, including a tree decorated with ornaments made by Glenda Kurth.
Also on display is her crocheted nativity set.
Mrs. Claus will be here.
Barb Hall will do a book signing from 1-3 pm for her newly released book 'Woman And the Land.' Barb is a journalist and a Tipton native. This is a powerful book about Iowa women who have impacted the heartland.

Hope to be able to get you some photos after the event!


The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation was organized in 2001 for the purpose of saving and restoring the Old Cedar County Jail and attached sheriff’s residence. Used continuously from 1892 until 2001, this facility is located one block west of the Courthouse Square in Tipton, Iowa. The sheriff’s residence was built in 1855 and the jail in 1892. The facility was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Our mission is to promote interest in the cultural heritage of Cedar County. Our goal is to record, collect, preserve, manage and provide access to Cedar County’s Old Jail buildings. The Old Cedar County Jail/Museum is also the official museum for the Iowa State Sheriff’s Association.

Regular meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held at the Old Jail located at the corner of west Fourth and West Lynn Streets, Tipton, Iowa. Anyone who is interested in aiding in our goals is welcome to join. Any group wanting to tour the facility can contact Kris Clark (563-886-2131) or Daisy Wingert (563-886-2056) or Keith L. Whitlatch (319-329-1785) or email Keith at kwhitl1601@gmail.com.

Dues are paid annually and are due January 1 of each year. There are several membership levels from which to choose.

he Old Jail is also opened up for groups and anyone desiring to go through. To arrange for a tour, you may contact the following:

Keith L. Whitlatch - 319-329-1785
Krista Clark - 563-886-2131
Daisy Wingert - 563-357-9650

nyone wishing to write to the Old Jail - Our mailing address of record is:
707 King Avenue,
Stanwood, IA 52337-9619



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