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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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355 attraction reviews
296 helpful votes 296 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
28 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Chicago
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Such a wonderful stop on our trip. We enjoyed walking on the grounds. The home, blacksmith shop and resting place are beautiful. We also found a farmers market a block away and it was worth it!

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Dayton, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I will be completely honest... I made my husband stop here so I could get my National Park Passport stamped. Our plan was to only spend 30 minutes here due to our schedule to get home to Ohio before dark. We started at the Visitor Center which had a great display room and audio stories. It was fascinating learning about... More

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Plain City, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

If you are headed to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, you should also spend an extra hour visiting the Historic Site. The video and exhibits in the Visitor Center are a great starting place explaining Hoover's early days..They also have historical buildings (I liked the small cabin) & most importantly the gravesites of President and Mrs. Hoover. Everything... More

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San Antonio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
7 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I had not known a lot about Herbert Hoover, his upbringing, accomplishments, etc so this was educational. I learned a lot about his beginning from birth until he went to live with an uncle in Oregon. His birth home and later home are on the premises along with his library and grave. Cost is free. I found the library/museum educational... More

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