Area Historical Attractions


Ames Historical Society

Suite 101 in 416 Douglas, Ames; 515 232-2148
Collections housed at this site will form the core of a future permanent museum illustrating the history of Ames

Hoggatt School

Meeker School grounds at 18th St. and Burnett Ave., Ames; 515 233-2431

Ames' first schoolhouse, this 1862 building was built to serve area residents before the city of Ames was established.

Cory Family Cemetery

off Highways 69 & 30; 515 382-3059

Buried here are members of the Cory family, including Mary Jane Cory Sunday, mother of professional baseball player and evangelist, Billy Sunday (1862-1935)

Farm House Museum

north of Ross Hall on Knoll Road, Iowa State University, Ames; 515 294-7426

The oldest structure on campus is this 1861 farm house holding more than 6,000 objects authentic to the period 1860-1910.


Boone County Historical Museum

602 Story St., Boone; 515 432-1907 or 515 432-3342

A 1907 Masonic Temple now houses the Museum’s collection of textiles, wildlife, militaria, coal mining and railroad history, and Kate Shelley diorama.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace

709 Carroll St., Boone; 515 432-1896

This restored 1880s Victorian home contains period furniture, memorabilia and mementos of the life of our nation’s first lady during her husband Dwight D. Eisenhower’s term, 1953-1961.

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

225 10th St. Boone; 515 432-4249

This division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society preserves Iowa’s railroading history and provides 15-mile round trip train rides through the scenic Des Moines River Valley.


The Community Historical Society

Main Street, Maxwell; 515 387-8584

Housed in a multi-building museum are a working print shop, lawyer’s office, Depression-era kitchen, and one-room school in addition to thousands of artifacts reflecting Story County history.


Kate Shelley Railroad Museum

1198 232nd Street, Moingona; 515 432-1907

This restored depot honors 15-year old Kate Shelley, who saved a passenger train from disaster during a storm in 1881.  Railroad memorabilia, a working telegraph and information about Kate Shelley are available here.


Nevada Community Historical Society

Dyer-Dowell Victorian House

922 5th Street, Nevada; 515 382-6684

Originally built in 1869 as the Story County jail, the structure was later enlarged and converted into a private home and purchased by Judge George W. and Martha Kellogg Dyer.  The Nevada Historical Society acquired the property in 1988.

Briggs Terrace/Evergreen Lane

1204 H Avenue, Nevada; 515 382-6684

Four generations of the Briggs and Dutton families have lived in this 1879 home.  Restoration began in 1997 and continues as resources and funds are available.  Other interesting buildings on the property include a carriage house and barn.

Halley School

1204 H Avenue, Nevada; 515 382-6684

The school, built in 1874, saw use through the 1944-45 school year.  It was moved to the park from its original location southeast of town.

George Child Log House

1204 H Avenue, Nevada; 515 382-6684

Purchased and restored by the Nevada Rotary Club in 1975, this 1854 pioneer cabin is Nevada’s oldest standing building.  It originally stood at the corner of 4th Street and J Avenue, was moved to 2nd Street and H Avenue, and finally to the grounds of Evergreen Lane after its latest refurbishing.


Hickory Grove Rural School Museum

Don Williams Lake, near Ogden; 515 432-1907

Turn-of-the-century furniture and school items are featured in this authentic one-room country school house.


Roland Museum

104 W Poplar Street, Downtown Roland

Open Sunday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend
Or by appointment by contacting: Bob Higgins 515-388-4031
The museum contains a large variety of antiques, Roland memorabilia, tools, books, town records, school equipment, and an 1890 schoolhouse.


Story Theatre/Grand Opera House

512 Broad Street, Story City; 515 733-4318 or 515 733-4639

Opened in 1913 as the Grand Opera House, this 380-seat facility is the oldest continuously running theater in Iowa.

Antique Carousel

North Park, Story City; 515 733-4214

This 1913 Herschell Spillman carousel, restored in 1982, features 26 hand-carved poplar wood figures and a 1936 roll-playing Wurlitzer band organ.

Sheldall School

Hillcrest and Broad Streets, Story City; 515 733-4214

A one-room school house built in 1859, this historic structure is furnished to a later period.

Bartlett House

619 Grand Avenue, Story City; 515 733-4214

Period furnishings decorate this restored Queen Anne style house built in 1903 for Henry Torkel Henryson.