Historic Sites

American Gothic House

American Gothic House

Strike an American Gothic pose and take a photograph in front of the small white house made famous by Iowan Grant Wood, one of America's most beloved artists.

Although not open to the public, visitors are welcome to view the house from the outside as Grant Wood did in 1930 when he was inspired by its unusual Gothic window. The State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves the American Gothic House. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can celebrate Gothic Day in Eldon the second Saturday in June every year. Visit the various gift shops in Eldon. Eat home-cooked meals at Jones Cafe on Main Street.

Eldon is located in the Des Moines River Valley where outdoor enthusiasts can find hiking, fishing and hunting opportunities.

The Pitchfork Pie Stand will be selling pie to hungry tourists from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. on on the following dates this summer. Stop by for a slice!

  • May 24 and 25, 2014
  • June 14 and 15, 2014
  • July 4, 5 and 6, 2014
  • July 27 and 27, 2014
  • August 9 and 10, 2014
  • August 30, 31 and September 1, 2014

For more information contact:

Jerome Thompson
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: 515-281-4221
Email: Jerome.Thompson@iowa.gov

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