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New Location at the Renovated Illinois Central Railroad Depot

120- State Street -Handicapped Accessible

Situated on the rolling prairie plains of North Central Iowa, Ackley's lush land offered an invitation for settlement, particularly to the German people from Ostfriesland, Germany. Those German pioneers' hard work, self reliance, and commitment to family laid the foundations for the strong community that Ackley is today.

Recording and preserving the history and artifacts of this great migration is the goal and purpose of the Ackley Heritage Center. All archiving, recording, and restoration is made possible through generous donations and the hard work of community volunteers

bullet The Heritage Center - Center offices and research areas are located in the renovated Illinois Central Railroad Depot.  Here you will find a large photographic collection, many prints showing the history of Ackley, and displays featuring the lives of the early settlers.
bullet The Heritage Museum & Soda Shop - West of the Municipal Building on Park Avenue is the museum and an old fashioned soda shop and ice cream parlor. Green Rivers and thick chocolate shakes can be yours while you browse through the exhibits of early Ackley businesses.
bullet Settlement of the Prairie - This is a MUST SEE attraction! A work in progress, yet you will marvel at the authenticity of the restoration efforts of this 1870 I-House. Visit the Clutterville Country School, walk through Marianna's Prairie Garden, see crops being grown with the same methods used when the land was first settled. All this and lots more are waiting for your visit to a bit of early life on the prairie.


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