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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

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Address: 110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358
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A step back in time

What a refreshing look at the past; a time before my time. From the two room house that Herbert Hoover was born in, to the Hoover blacksmith shop where he worked, to the church... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a refreshing look at the past; a time before my time. From the two room house that Herbert Hoover was born in, to the Hoover blacksmith shop where he worked, to the church where he worshipped; a church with two mirror imaged rooms; one for the men and one for the women, this was a terrific tour of nostalgia... More 

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This large, beautiful park includes nice paved, stone, and dirt trails for walking, jogging or biking. The site is spread out and you can also drive it if you need to. The visitor center is the best place to start for a short movie on Hoover and an overview of his life. Then visit the period buildings that include a... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A small but nice Historic Site. There is a small visitor center with a movie, and you also get the opportunity to go into the house where he was born. It's very small. What an interesting President/Presidency; can see how this town molded him into a humanitarian and great American.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site honors the former president as it is the site where he was born. Visitors can walk around the grounds here to see what life was like in this area during Herbert Hoover's years. In addition, you can visit the graves of the former president and his wife. As this is a National Park, you... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We love going to National Historic Sites/Parks/Monuments, etc. so we were happy to find this one relatively close to our hotel during our trip. We were not disappointed at all!! The Visitors Center staff were knowledgable and friendly. They started the movie for us when we were ready. They told us a little about the area and provided recommendations on... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Hoover historic area is run by the Park Service and has no admission fee. There is a short film depicting President Hoover's childhood. Then you mean get an idea of small town America in the late 1880's by visiting his tiny two room birthplace, the Quaker meeting house, the blacksmith with many tools, and the one room schoolhouse. Walk... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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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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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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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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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