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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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Living history site

See a blacksmith. Sit in Quaker Meeting House. Walk to the gravesite of President Hoover. A great walk by multiple turn of the century houses.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

See a blacksmith. Sit in Quaker Meeting House. Walk to the gravesite of President Hoover. A great walk by multiple turn of the century houses.

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Stanton, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family weekend getaway...( wife husband 4 kids) . 16yr old daughter saw something about the 8 ft. Tall statue of Isis being on the grounds and we love to see offbeat attractions. Made a stop...neat buildings of the Hoover life growing up. It was too cold to do much outside. Will be back this spring to check it out more... More 

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salem, va
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

This is a part of the Presidential library and a must to visit. To see how he grew up and what he became is fantastic. His small town is well preserved and well labeled! It is a short walk from the library. Also you must visit the grave sites! We'd love to come back again and spend even more time!

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Winchester, KY, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

This site gives a great overview of how Hoover grew up, even though he only lived here in his early years. I doubt most know he was an orphan, a "self made man" through his years at Stanford U before it was "STANFORD", a brilliant engineer who made a fortune from hard work and great ideas, and a true human... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Well preserved beautiful small town, there are cottages, work areas, streets that existed when Hoover was a boy. The main town of west branch is adorable too. Not as large as another similar site Colonial Williamsburg, but certainly of the same quality. The fall colors were a beautiful setting for this step back in time.

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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

It was so interesting to see and to feel what it was like during President Hoover's time! I was so glad that the original buildings were preserved for generations to view!

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Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

If you are at the museum anyway, it is worth the time to walk through the Historic Site. It gives one a sense of the President Hoover's truly humble beginnings.

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

We had decided to go to the presidential library and discovered that it sits on an historic site overseen by the National Park Service. The short film in the visitor center is worth seeing. Park Rangers are available to answer questions. You can see the home, church, school & blacksmith shop in about an hour.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Everyone knows about Hoovervilles but this man was also responsible for UNICEF. A humanitarian throughout his life. Can't see many present day politicians coming from such humble beginnings,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

I learned a lot about President Hoover's early life and experiences. I never realized how important his religion was to him. It was refreshing to learn about a president that genuinely cared about people, especially after his difficult childhood.

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