Born in a two-room cottage, Herbert Hoover could have been any small town boy. Orphaned at age nine, he left West Branch, never to live here again. The landscape and buildings of the early years remain, however, to tell how family, faith, education, and hard work opened a world of opportunity— even the presidency of the United States— to a child of simple beginnings.
To Look Forward With Unbounded Hope
President Herbert Hoover
Values learned in his hometown of rural West Branch guided Herbert Hoover throughout his life of service to the nation and the world.
Landscape & Buildings
President Hoover's birthplace and the park's other historic features symbolize American ideals as Herbert Hoover saw them and lived them.
Presidential Library & Museum
Part of the National Archives, the presidential library allows people to explore the legacy of Herbert Hoover's presidency.
Use the mobile app on your visit to West Branch, Iowa to discover the places and people that shaped the early life of the 31st President.
Permits & Reservations
Reserve picnic shelters, book field trips, and apply for special use permits.
Laws & Policies
Help protect the park by knowing the rules before you visit.
Artists-in-residence share their inspirations with visitors as they creatively interpret the historic site.
Last updated: November 11, 2018