Historic Sites

Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin

Arnolds Park, Iowa

Abbie Gardner Cabin

The site where 13-year-old Abbie Gardner was an eyewitness to one of the few violent conflicts between European-American settlers and American Indians in Iowa (what became known as the 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre). The cabin has been restored to resemble its approximate 1856 appearance. Nearby are a monument to those killed, a one-acre park, and a visitors center full of artifacts. 

Hours and Location

Memorial Day through Labor Day
Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday
Labor Day through September 30
Saturday and Sunday
Noon to 4 p.m. and by group appointment
School groups by appointment. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
Located on Monument Drive, one block west of Historic Arnolds Park.
For more information or to schedule a group tour, use the contact information below.


Jerome Thompson
State Curator, Historic Sites Administrator
(515) 281-4221

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