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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
Phone Number: 319-643-2541
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Fascinating area recreating Hoover's youth

West Branch is the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, with the historic birthplace maintained by the US National Park Service. Hoover is one of the lesser known twentieth century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2015
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

West Branch is the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, with the historic birthplace maintained by the US National Park Service. Hoover is one of the lesser known twentieth century presidents and – to quote from some of the publicity material – much maligned for his role in creating the Great Depression, remembered only as a single term president. The friendly National... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Going thru all of the displays was very educational. Each display had a recording when you pushed the button that told the story.

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Pretty cool place. We learned a lot about Hoover while we were here. We also tried to photo bomb some wedding photos that were being taken there.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I have visited other presidential sites. What makes this one interesting is the fact that it is set up like a quiet town, and you feel like you go back in time.

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The presidential library is in the park but you cannot go in unless you pan an exorbitant fee,yet the park is free. Several buildings from hoover's boyhood all of which are within walking distance and take about 30 minutes to see them all. Interesting video in the visitor centre about his boyhood but nothing about his presidential achievements apart from... More 

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Dansville, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Hoover's birthplace and his father's business are replicated. It reinforces the idea that some great can come from humble beginnings.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Very nice audio tour available which gives great information about the structures that have been restored on the property, including Herbert Hoover's birth home. I especially was interested in the Quaker Meeting House and learning more about the Quakers. There is a short informational movie that you can watch before heading out on the audio tour.

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

The Historical Site is basically Hoover's boyhood town recreated. His wife wanted to emphasize that anyone could grow up to be President, so they really emphasized the common origins. There are plenty of walking paths, the buildings are well-kept up, and there's even a little brook. Very nice accompaniment to the Library.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

This is just right off the exit to West Branch, Iowa on I-80. If you are just passing through on the interstate or visiting Amana Colonies ( only 30 minutes away) , check this out!! This is a lovely little stop to stroll through the entire preserved boyhood Quaker town of Herbert Hoover. It was like strolling through the movie... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We traveled through this area, and read about the Herbert Hoover sites. We've been to several Presidential sites and museums, and they've always been great. This one doesn't disappoint! The tiny town of West Branch actually saved numerous buildings from several streets, butted right up against the contemporary town. The visitor center details HH's life and times, and fits them... More 

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