Mount Vernon Historical District – Mt. Vernon, Iowa
Mount Vernon Historical District – Mt. Vernon, Iowa was settled in 1836 and was originally known as Pinhook. In 1847, it was renamed Mount Vernon. In 1853 the Iowa Conference Male and Female Seminary was established – four years later to become Cornell College. Cornell is the only college in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mount Vernon is located in eastern Linn County and is known for its rolling hills, beautiful historic homes and unique shopping district.
Parts of Mount Vernon lie within three National Historic Districts. One district includes all of the Cornell College campus and the residential area between First and Fourth Streets south and east of Third Avenue. Another National Historic District includes most of the buildings in the downtown commercial area. The Ash Park District includes a residential area north of Sixth Street to Eighth Street between Eighth and Fifth Avenues North. All of these areas were selected for inclusion in the National Register because of the large number of unaltered or restored homes, college campus buildings, and historic commercial buildings.
The fine brick homes and the college buildings constructed before 1870 were made from local clay and sand from the Red Cedar Rive, baked on the site. Even though originally constructed by workers with little skill, the city has an unusually large number of these buildings still in use. In the 1890′s, a significant building boom and a series of fires resulted in the construction of most of the present business area.
Mount Vernon is located in eastern Linn County and is known for its rolling hills, beautiful historic homes and unique shopping district. Although hilly, Mount Vernon is small enough so that you can walk from place to place with ease.