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
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.
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. |
The Heritage Museum & Soda
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.
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.|