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American Gothic House

300 American Gothic Street, Eldon, IA
+1 641-652-3352
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Eldon
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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English first
Elgin, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Two of my friends and I stopped here to check it out. We had thought we would have only been able to drive by the house or park and take a picture so we were very happy there was a museum/visitor's center which included clothes and props we could use to take some pictures. The museum was very informative about... More

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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had a wonderful time. Loved the museum and picture opportunity. The staff was very kind and helpful. Its a quick stop, not an afternoon trip. Especially loved the history behind the painting and artist. Would go again!

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Springfield, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

What a fun stop! We knew we would be passing by here very early in the morning (7--ish maybe), so I called ahead to see if we would be ale to see it. The very nice lady at the museum informed us that it would be possible. When we arrived, we noticed that the house is very accessible (ie it's... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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116 reviews 116 reviews
63 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The tiny American Gothic house was immortalized in a painting, making it a tourist destination years later. I wouldn't recommend building a whole trip around this stop, but it's a fun stop along the way! The house itself is a private home, but the owner runs a pie shop out of her kitchen. The pie is incredible and worth every... More

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Robinson, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

What a great find! We happened across this museum while RoadTripping and were pleasantly surprised. There is an informative display in the museum and costumes to wear for a photo opp. This is well worth the stop.

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Midway, Utah
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I've always loved the painting American Gothic - when I was young we had large puzzle of the painting and my Dad always called it "Fawn and Henry" - a local farm couple. So when a drive through Iowa came along, Eldon was on our map. The house is not hard to find, just follow the signs through town. Unfortunately... More

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Des Moines
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Its actually very easy to find the house. The exit off the main highway is clearly marked and once you are in town there are plenty of signs. The house is privately owned but there is a nice spot to take your picture along with some outside displays. There is also a museum with some very nice displays about Grant... More

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Springfield, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We saw a sign for this attraction on our way home from Pella, Iowa and decided to stop. It is about 6 miles off the highway, but easy to find. The visitor center was excellent and the staff was very friendly and informative. They even have costumes for you to recreate the painting and everything is free.

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Detroit, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

In this day and age of smart phones and GPS I do not understand the complaints that is it hard to find. If you are doing a technology-less tour - using paper maps, etc - it will require some diligence. But that is the allure of a technology-less tour. As you enter the American Gothic Center you are greeted -... More

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northern Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

First, it's an adventure finding the Gothic House. The closer you get to it, the worse the roads are marked. You end up on a muddy gravel road that looks like an alley that runs beside a couple of industrial buildings, then it becomes a woods road, then a field road and ends up around a bunch of big, fairly... More

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