Abbie Gardner State Historic Site – Arnolds Park, Iowa

sm_gardner_massacre.jpgThis log cabin in Arnolds Park, originally built by Rowland Gardner in 1856, has been restored and contains furnishings that were typical of pioneer life in Iowa.

Most of the Gardner family and many of their neighbors were killed in 1857 by members of the Dakota Sioux Indian tribe during what has come to be known as the Spirit Lake Massacre. At the interpretive center, visitors can look at Abbie’s paintings and 19th century Dakota artifacts. On the grounds are a tepee, a gravesite, and a monument to the settlers killed during the uprising.

Information for a self-guided tour is available so that visits to the grounds can be taken all year during daylight hours.

Admission – None (donations are accepted)

Directions – .2 of a mile west of U. S. Highway 71 on Monument Drive
Arnolds Park, Iowa 51331

Hours – noon – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, Memorial Day weekend – October 1 (interpretive center)

Phone – (712) 332-7248 or (712) 332-2643  


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