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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Rochester
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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40 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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