The visitor center is an easy way to start your visit. You'll find a lot of information about Hoover and his times. The staff will be glad to answer your questions and give you insights into this unique person. There is also a gift shop.Summers are hot and humid, spring and fall are mild with moderate temperatures, winters can be cold and snowy....more
The Goddess of Life, this statue was a gift to Hoover from the children and citizens of Belgium in gratitude for his humanitarian work on their behalf during and after the First World War. The statue was originally placed on the campus of Stanford University but later moved by Hoover to overlook the Birthplace Cottage in 1939.more
Hoover was born into a Quaker family – one that helped to settle West Branch. The Quakers, or Religious Society of Friends, enjoy a long history of personal inspiration. Members come together, sitting together quietly until one is moved by the Spirit to begin talking. Herbert’s mother, Hulda, was a recorded Quaker minister and she often spoke out...more
Across from the Birthplace Cottage is a reconstruction of Herbert Hoover’s father, Jesse Hoover’s blacksmith shop operating it from 1871-1879. He sold the shop and opened a farm implement store at the same time moving his family into a larger home. Only a year afterwards, Jesse died of a heart attack. Herbert was only six.more
Built in 1871 by Herbert’s father and his father, this 14-by-20 foot house was home to the Hoover family until 1879. It was here that Herbert was born 10 August 1874 in this simple two-room cottage. On the hill behind the cottage, lies Hoover’s gravesite, the circle of life complete.more
Herb and Lou's is an independent pizza restaurant and bar. It is definitely not fancy but the pizza is great.
Favorite Dish: Try a Light Lou's (vegetarian) or a Herb's Heaper (all meat). One of the best things about the pizza is the delicious thin crust.