Welcome to RVP~1875 Historic Furniture Shop & Museum
Named 2013 Outstanding Tourism Business AND 2015 Outstanding Retail Experience and 2016 Outstanding Tourism Attractions in the State of Iowa
by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa.
A working museum building the strongest furniture in the world with only the tools, techniques and finishes of the 1800’s
RVP~1875, the world’s only producing historical furniture shop and museum, is located in the century-old Milligan Lumber Grain & Coal building in Jefferson, Iowa. Owner, Robby Pedersen, is a Master Furniture Maker with over 24 years experience, who has built over 800 pieces of historically accurate furniture using only the tools, techniques and finishes used in 1875 Iowa. On display is one of the largest working sets of 19th Century woodworking tools anywhere. The shop features an 1860’s foot-powered lathe, an 1870’s hand-crank ripsaw, and over 500 different hand planes. The showroom displays over 100 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.
In an attempt to streamline a few things at RVP~1875, we are trying out some new winter hours. We still want your tours and visitors, but Robby can build faster when he’s not worried about the door all day. For a tour, text Robby at least two hours before you want to come. Saturdays will stay business as usual.