Walter A. Sheaffer founded the pen company in 1908 after securing the patent for the self-filling fountain pen. He originally set up his factory on the second and third floor of the Hesse building (currently the Ivy Cafe and Bake Shop). By 1917 he was doing well enough to purchase the Morrison Plow Works plant where the famous Sheaffer pens were created. Stop in and see the unique pens and promotional pieces that made Sheaffer a world-known name. Sheaffer Pen was part of the reason Fort Madison was coined “Pen City.” Located at 627 Avenue G in Fort Madison’s Historic Main Street District.




North Lee County Historical Society

The one stop shop for Lee County history! The museum was formerly housed in the Santa Fe Railway Historic Depot Complex and is in temporary quarters located in the Old CB&Q Depot to the north of the Santa Fe Depot at the corner of 10th Street and Ave H. Although space is limited most of our displays are set up.

Check out their special collections:

  • Santa Fe Railway
  • Native American Display
  • Civil War
  • Early Fort Madison & Lee County History
  • Iowa State Penitentiary
  • Sheaffer Pens
  • Pioneer Farm Equipment
  • Silsbee Fire Engine
  • Ice Harvesting Display
  • Iowa & Fort Madison Jaycee History
  • Gift Shop



Monday-Sat: 10am-3:30pm

Sun: 12pm-3:30pm