Austin-Whittemore House Museum – Vermillion, SD

Austin-Whittemore House Museum.jpgThe Austin-Whittemore House Museum is a home in Vermillion which was built atop a bluff along the river after a disastrous flood swept three-fourths of the town away in 1881.

Admire the 1883 Italian villa architecture of this stately home, filled with Victorian furnishings and items of local historical interest, including many historical records and documents from this area.

Offering genealogy services. Home of the Clay County Historical Society.

Open Mon-Fri 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm, or by appointment.

Free admission.

Location: 15 Austin Street in Vermillion.

Phone: 605-624-8266 


  1. Ron Samuels says:

    The Austin-Whittemore House was the boyhood home of Arthur Austin “Buck” Whittemore, half of the prominent classical piano duo Whittemore and Lowe, first such performers to perform at the White House during Richard Nixon’s presidency. It seems odd that no mention is made of that fact in the description of the house, especially since donations were solicited for the house upon Mr. Whittemore’s death October 23, 1984, his 69th birthday.

  2. Thank you for adding information to this site, it’s always wonderful go gather more to share with the world on the fabulous attractions the state of South Dakota has to offer.

    The Editor
    Pat Watson

  3. Bonnie Swenson says:

    Was there ever a University High School in Vermillion?