Travel the Amana Colonies

The National Park Service invites you to explore stories, places, and the people of the Amana Colonies - an American Utopia. First founded in Germany in 1714, the Community of True Inspiration made east-central Iowa their home in 1855. The Inspirationists founded seven villages near the Iowa River and practiced a fully communal lifestyle until 1932. Today, visitors to the villages can see the area’s unique architecture and learn about the ways of life of the still-active communities.

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Communal Amana

The Amana Colonies were established as religious villages in rural Iowa. Learn about how Amana developed over the communal period

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Amana Colonies Today

1932 marked the end of the communal period. Learn about what brought about "the Great Change" and how the Colonies adapted

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High Amana Store

General stores provided necessities to the people in the Amana Colonies. Learn about one of these stores in High Amana

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Hahn's Hearth Oven Bakery

Bakeries provided bread and other baked goods to communal kitchens using traditionally German recipes. Learn about Hanh's in Amana

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Homestead Meat Shop and Smokehouse

The Meat Shop and Smokehouse prepared meat for several kitchens in Homestead. Learn more about its role in the community

Last updated: January 4, 2018