The house on the former site of West Branch's Methodist Church is known as the C.E. Smith House. Charles E. Smith was a carpenter and a Civil War veteran. In 1903, he completed his dream home for himself and his wife, Deborah atop Cooks Hill where each spring, he would tap his maple trees to make maple syrup. Although this home was built eighteen years after Herbert Hoover left West Branch, the National Park Service relocate it near President Hoover's birthplace in 1969.
West Branch, Iowa
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
A Church & A Carpenter's Dream Home
When Herbert Hoover was growing up, a Methodist Church, built in 1870, occupied the lot where C.E. Smith’s house now stands.
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Last updated: November 17, 2018