|Herbert Hoover National Historic Site|
Things to Do:
Blacksmith Shop at Herbert Hoover NHS
A good place to begin your visit at the park visitor center, located 1/2 mile north of Interstate 80, Exit 254, in West Branch (10 miles east of Iowa City). It includes orientation information, exhibits illustrating Hoovers childhood. Rangers are available to assist you and answer questions. Admission fee includes historic buildings on site and the Presidential Library-Museum. A 12-minute closed-captioned orientation video about the site is available.
Visitors can tour the
Birthplace Cottage where Hoover was born in 1874, the blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, and the Quaker Meetinghouse his family
attended. President and Mrs. Hoover are buried on a hill overlooking the
Birthplace Cottage. The Presidential Library-Museum, which is administrated by
the National Archives and Records Administration, is also located on site.
Visitors can learn about Hoover's life and accomplishments through permanent and
temporary exhibits. There are picnic facilities located on the grounds and 1.7
miles of hiking trails through 81 acres of reconstructed tallgrass prairie. To reserve a picnic shelter call 319-643-2541. For guided tours
and school tours call 319-643-5301 two months in advance.
The town of West Branch, immediately adjacent to the park, includes a number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several antique and craft stores and restaurants are located within easy walking distance of the park.