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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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Rochester
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Visitor Center has a 12 minute video detailing Hoovers life. It gave a lot of information of which I was unaware. The grounds were very interesting to walk through. His early childhood home is there and also the Friend's meeting house that his family attended. Well worth the stop!

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Chicago, NW burbs
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21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

You don't have to spend a lot of time here, but it's inexpensive, educational (about the man and the dam named after him), and a good place to stop and let the family get out of the car for an hour.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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39 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is site is comprised of many building which were in existence at the time Hoover was a young boy, consisting in part of the small cottage where he was born, his fathers blacksmith shop, and the school he attended. There is a short film depicting his life as a boy in West Branch. Hoover's presidential library is also located... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Nice video. They have a well preserved birthplace and buildings that figured in his childhood. It helps to see where he came from and the influence that the Friends had on his person.

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Boston, MA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Our family of three (two adults and 10 year old) stopped for 2.5 hours at this free attraction off I-80 west. It was a sunny and warm day--good to walk around this educational historic site. We saw a 12 minute video at the visitor center and walked around the site to complete the activities for the Junior Ranger badge. Visitor... More

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West Branch, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I live in West Branch so I often walk at the historic site. If you have a little time take one of the trails into the restored prairie. It is beautiful in the summer when the wild flowers are blooming.

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Fredonia, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wonderful. The site had more than I expected, almost a full village from 1880's Iowa. The Historical Site is very conveniently located just off I80. Our two kids enjoyed working on their Junior Ranger activity books.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This site showcases the small town where President Hoover was born. It includes the house in which he was born, the schoolhouse, his father's blacksmith shop, the meeting hall (a Quaker church), and several other buildings of historic significance. The buildings are in a town setting and it's beautiful and picturesque. A lot of the homes are closed to visitors... More

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Lebanon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Quite a phenomenal place to visit in order to discover what made President Hoover the person he was before, during and following his presidency. Highly recommended for those who have not researched him and have an interest in his views. Quite informative on him and his wife.

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Kansas
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We enjoyed the birthplace home. The small size was a revelation to the young teens in our party. The grounds were beautifully kept and well signed.

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