Trees in autumn foliage and a white picket fence surround a white cottage.
Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage

NPS Photo by John Tobiason

Quick Facts

Location:
West Branch, Iowa
Significance:
Birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States
Designation:
National Historic Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes

"This cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life."

Herbert Hoover

Like any couple just starting out, 21-year old Hulda Minthorn and 23-year old Jesse Hoover were eager to have a place to call their own. In 1871, shortly after their first wedding anniversary, Jesse built this simple but sturdy two-room cottage in the budding town of West Branch, Iowa. Jesse and Hulda's second child, future president Herbert Hoover, was born in the bedroom on August 10, 1874.