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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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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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Ocala, Florida
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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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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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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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