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 visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and get the most from your holiday in West Branch, create itinerary details personal to you using our West Branch journey builder tool .
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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Reviews
The people in the visitors center and library were very friendly and informative. There's a good video and small museum in the center, and you can walk through President Hoover's childhood home. They'... more »
It is a beautiful little area:) Spend time inside the visitors center and take in the pass Presidents life:) The Ranger inside was AWESOME and information just poured out of her:) She was VERY engagin... more »
This may not appeal to everyone, but I was blown away by my visit. The site itself is gorgeous, truly picturesque, so even if the history of the man or this location aren't a draw, you should come for the spectacle. Do not miss trekking along the prairie trail, which added to the feeling of being transported back in time. I visited early, before the buildings and exhibits opened, but I was surprised at the size and spread of the site. History buffs could enjoy several hours here taking in everything, based on appearances, at least. Glad I visited, and I highly recommend.
If you have kids, be sure to ask for a junior ranger book! It's fun to walk through hoovers birth cabin. The town is neat to walk through. Such a simple time! Be sure to stop and admire the ISS sculpture.
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