The park's historic structures, like the Birthplace Cottage, the Blacksmith Shop, the Schoolhouse, and the Friends Meetinghouse, symbolize American ideals as Herbert Hoover saw them and lived them. As additions to the historic landscape of Herbert's early years, the Gravesite, the Statue of Isis, and the Presidential Library and Museum connect his childhood to his later accomplishments. Take a virtual tour »
Herbert Hoover, the first President born west of the Mississippi River, was born in a small two-room cottage on August 10, 1874. Learn more »
One of several blacksmiths in the community, Herbert Hoover's father Jesse Hoover owned and operated a blacksmith shop, advertising in the local newspaper that horse shoeing and repairing plows were his specialties. Learn more »
The one-room West Branch School was built in 1853. It was used as both the community school and Friends Meetinghouse for worship until a separate meetinghouse was completed in 1857. Learn more »
The Hoover family worshipped at the Meetinghouse built in 1857 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Learn more »
Statue of Isis
The people of Belgium gave the bronze statue of Isis, ancient Egyptian goddess of life, to Herbert Hoover for his work on their behalf during the First World War. Learn more »
Presidential Library and Museum
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum houses papers and collections relating to both President and Mrs. Hoover. Learn more »
Gravesite of President and Mrs. Hoover
Herbert Hoover died on October 20, 1964 and was laid to rest five days later in this quiet hillside overlooking the cottage where he was born. Learn more »
Did You Know?
General Land Office surveyors who first came to Iowa commented that the territory was fit only for waterfowl. Eighty-five percent of Iowa used to be soggy tallgrass prairie. More...