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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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Vancouver, Canada
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160 reviews 160 reviews
77 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

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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188 reviews 188 reviews
70 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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921 reviews 921 reviews
388 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
28 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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