P.T. Smith House

A green two story house has white trim and a porch.
P.T. Smith's family lived next door to the Hoover family's second home

NPS Photo by Adam Prato

Quick Facts

West Branch, Iowa
Part of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

"That was a great long hill where on winters’ nights, to satisfy our human craving for speed, we slid down at terrific pace with our tummies tight to home-made sleds."

Herbert Hoover

The P.T. Smith House is the only house that Herbert Hoover remembered when he visited West Branch many years later. While living in the House of Maples, the Hoover children and Smith children were playmates. Their homes stood at the base of Cook's Hill, a favorite winter sledding spot.

Last updated: November 17, 2018