Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop – Marshalltown, Iowa
In 1883 Mathew Edel, a German immigrant, opened his blacksmith shop. It continued to operate until 1940. It is fully restored for you to see.
In 1915 Mathew’s son, Louis, opened a mechanic shop in the building next to the blacksmith shop. As time moved on, the business for the blacksmith shop decreased, partially due to the age of Mathew. So, in 1940 at the age of 80 he closed his shop. Louis continued to run his business, occasionally using some of his fathers tools from the blacksmith shop, but primarily he left things as they were.
Today, most of the items in the blacksmith side of the shop remain just as they were when the shop closed. The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Open for visitors: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Hours: 12 noon – 4 PM
An interpreter is on hand during open hours to answer your questions. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, and special tours of the site, may be arranged in advance, and are strongly encouraged for large groups: contact the Historical Society of Marshall County for arrangements!
Location: 214 1st St, Haverhill, IA 50120