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Visit the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center
Henry A. Wallace was elected US Vice President, yet his place in “America’s first family of agriculture” was by virtue of his birth. Early in his career, he founded a world-renowned seed corn company and was an editor of Wallaces’ Farmer magazine. He served as Vice President during WWII in addition to holding cabinet positions before and after the war. Learn more about the Wallace family’s legacy as you tour this historic site.
The Birthplace Farm
Open year-round, the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 40-acre parcel of the family’s original 160-acre farm.
The farm was owned by “Uncle Henry” Wallace, later the first editor of Wallaces’ Farmer. His son, Henry C. (Harry) Wallace moved here in 1886 to raise purebred Shorthorn cattle, Percheron horses, Poland China hogs, and feeder cattle. Henry A. was born on the farm in 1888.
The Farmhouse is a common example of rural homes throughout Iowa from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It now houses our Gift Shop.
Built in 2003, the Gathering Barn replicates the original barn that stood west of the house in the early days of the farm.
Restored Iowa Prairie & Sculpture Walking Path
The 9-acre prairie provides an ever-changing landscape of grasses and forbes surrounding 5 outdoor art sculptures.
Orchard & Produce Garden
About 4 acres in size, the Orchard and Produce Garden yields 40+ varieties and includes one acre of sweet potatoes set aside for food-assistance programs.
Historic Demonstration Corn Plot
Select varieties show the evolution of corn and Henry A. Wallace’s role in hybridization. Wallace founded the Hi-Bred Corn Company in 1926, better known as PIoneer Hi-Bred.
Open Year Round
Lisa Swanson, Site Manager, Country Life Center
With an optional guided tour or a customized program (or a bit of both), your group will be talking about their visit long afterward.
Programs and tours can be customized to fit your schedule and group interests. Some popular topics:
• The Farm: A guided walk around the vegetable gardens, greenhouse + the corn demonstration plot. 60 min.
• Prairie Plants & Pollinators: A walk through the restored prairie to better understand the importance of prairies and pollinators. 60 min.
• The Wallace Legacy: Learn about the amazing accomplishments of 3 generations. 30 min.
Programs can occur as visitors are eating dessert or afterwards. Tours can take place before or after meals.
Lunch or Dinner + Program/Tour: add $3.00/person. Total time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Dessert Only + Program/Tour: $9.00/person. Total time: 1 to 1.5 hours