Turn-of-the-Century Nostalgia at the
Meredith Willson Boyhood Home
Meredith Willson was born in this house at 314 South Pennsylvania in Mason City, Iowa, on May 18, 1902. His mother, Rosalie, was a piano teacher, and it was a family tradition to gather around the piano every evening to sing favorite songs.
Inspired by this upbringing, young Meredith departed in 1917 to begin a distinguished career as a musician and composer. But he never forgot his Iowa roots, which he immortalized in his classic, The Music Man.
The Meredith Willson Boyhood Home is open for tours at 1:00 p.m. with the last daily tour at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Sunday except New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Please note: only the first floor of the home is wheelchair accessible.)