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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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Delaware, Ohio
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We love going to National Historic Sites/Parks/Monuments, etc. so we were happy to find this one relatively close to our hotel during our trip. We were not disappointed at all!! The Visitors Center staff were knowledgable and friendly. They started the movie for us when we were ready. They told us a little about the area and provided recommendations on... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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158 attraction reviews
412 helpful votes 412 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Hoover historic area is run by the Park Service and has no admission fee. There is a short film depicting President Hoover's childhood. Then you mean get an idea of small town America in the late 1880's by visiting his tiny two room birthplace, the Quaker meeting house, the blacksmith with many tools, and the one room schoolhouse. Walk... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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78 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I believe the heart and soul of America is small town, Main Street living. Everyone should visit and experience this.

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Houston, Texas
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73 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Nice grounds - Site consist of President Hoover’s birthplace cottage, a blacksmith shop, school house, Quaker Meeting house and the graves of President Hoover and Mrs. Hoover. Time needed to visit all, at least 3 hours. The library/museum tells about President Hoovers life and career. Though film, manuscripts, photographs and oral. Beginning with Hoovers birthplace cottage and boyhood in Iowa.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We love to go to National Parks so we were in the area and thought we would stop. This is one of the least interesting national parks we have visited. It was interesting to learn a little bit about President Hoovers birthplace, but it was obvious that his presidency is nothing to be excited about as the whole park never... More 

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Texas
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392 attraction reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A surprising good small town historical site of a for a president which history has not been very kind to. Herbert Hoover did a lot for humanity around the world but that has been overshadowed by the crash of 29 which he was blamed for, but happened when he was in office for only 8 months. The site is very... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Until we saw signs along I-80, we had no idea that this spot in Iowa existed. It is probably less than a mile off the interstate, and a very worthwhile stop. The video in the visitor's center about the childhood of Herbert Hoover should be seen to better understand this historic spot. It is a nice quiet place for a... More 

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I loved seeing the town. Beautiful setting! Well worth a visit! The house that Hoover grew up in and the blacksmith shop that his family owned is on the property. I loved the tree lined streets.

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped here on our families road trip out west. It is right off the interstate and a terrific place to stretch your legs and learn a little history. The visitors center has a 12 minutes video about the childhood of Herbert Hoover and a small display of family artifacts. You can then visit the family cottage, church, schoolhouse and... More 

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Kentucky
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We accidentally stumbled across this site while travelling through Iowa and I am so glad we did. We enjoyed it very much!. My kids (7 and 9) did the junior ranger program and learned so much. The area really gives you a good feel of what life was like there in the late 1800's. It also provided a very good... More 

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