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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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+1 319-643-2541

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Nice park, Directly off of I-80, great place to stop and stretch

The site is in the perfect location right off of I-80 and provides a great spot to take a stretch break. The site is set up as a village that has been preserved. Immediately when... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Daryl F
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The site is in the perfect location right off of I-80 and provides a great spot to take a stretch break. The site is set up as a village that has been preserved. Immediately when you enter from the visitor's center parking lot, the birthplace house of Hoover is in front of you. There are several buildings you can go... More 

Thank Daryl F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

This was a informative tour of Hoovers birthplace. Recommend watching video at visitors center, and library. Interesting to see how he lived, and how he never forgot his roots even after being separated from his brother and sister. Read review of library for additional information.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Visited this site with friends who also love going to National Park Sites. I loved how many of the buildings on the grounds were open for us to walk in and explore what life was like for President Hoover during his early life spent in Iowa. We could walk into his family cottage, the school house, the blacksmith shop and... More 

Thank Cassie W
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

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.

Thank cdhcch
Stanton, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 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!

Thank dsummer20
Winchester, KY, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 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 

Thank Daniel F
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 23 November 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.

Thank KRF-traveler
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111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 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!

Thank 986madvc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 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.

Thank Mark E

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