Frequently Asked Questions

Visiting FAQ

Where is Herbert Hoover National Historic Site?

The park is in West Branch, Iowa, less than a half-mile south of exit 254 off I-80. Get directions »

When is Herbert Hoover National Historic Site open?

Buildings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The grounds of the historic site are open 24 hours. Hours and seasons »

What does it cost to visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site?

Visiting the park is free; a ticket must be purchased to visit Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum. Fees and reservations »

What is there to do at the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site?

Perhaps more than you think. The park has several historic buildings, including the birthplace, gravesite, and presidential library of Herbert Hoover. It also has an 81-acre tallgrass prairie. Decide what to do »

Where should I start?

Much of your visit will be self-guided, so start at the Visitor Center where park staff can help you plan your visit. Plan your visit »

What is the weather like in West Branch, Iowa?

Temperatures may be hot in the summer, cold in the winter, with everything in between. More things to know before you come »

Can I bring my pet with me when I visit?

You may visit with your pets, but must clean up after them and keep them leashed at all times. Pets are not allowed inside buildings. Laws and policies »

How many people visit the park each year?

In recent years, between 100,000 and 150,000 people visit each year. National park statistics »

Herbert Hoover FAQ

When was Herbert Hoover born?

Herbert Hoover was born on August 10, 1874. His older brother Theodore was born in 1871, and his younger sister Mary was born in 1876. Read a short biography »

Is Hoover's birthplace in its original location?

Yes, although the birthplace at one time was rotated 90 degrees, moved 30 feet west, and attached to a larger house. When the Hoovers purchased the cottage in 1935, they had it restored to its original location and appearance. More about the Birthplace Cottage »

How long did the Hoovers live in the two-room cottage?

They lived there from 1871 to 1879. In 1879 the family moved to a larger two-story home two blocks south on Downey Street. That home no longer exists. More about the Hoover's second home »

When did Herbert Hoover's parents die?

His father, Jesse Hoover, died of pneumonia and heart failure in 1880, at the age of 34. His mother, Hulda, died in 1884 of typhoid fever at age 35. Herbert lived with his uncle Allan Hoover north of West Branch until he moved to Newburg, Oregon in 1885 to live with his uncle Henry John Minthorn.

Read more about Jesse Hoover »

Read more about Hulda Hoover »

Did Herbert Hoover ever live in West Branch after he became President?

No. Hoover left West Branch in 1885 and never returned to live. However, he visited the area several times before and after his Presidency. Read about Herbert Hoover's campaign visit in 1928 »

How many children did President Hoover have?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover had two sons. Herbert Hoover Jr. was born in 1903 and died in 1969. Allan was born in 1907 and died in 1993. The Hoovers had six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. None live in the area. More about the Hoover family »

Did Herbert Hoover invent the Hoover Vacuum?

No, he did not.

Was Herbert Hoover related to J. Edgar Hoover?

No, they are not related. The only thing they have in common is their last name.

Last updated: January 27, 2018

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