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Jordan House

2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
+1 515-225-1286
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Beautifully restored historical home of James Jordan. The tour was very educational and given by a... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Mollie R
via mobile
Valley Junction and Jordan Creek Mall share incredible history!

Sitting on a wooden lot is a old two story home fully restored from the period before Iowa was a... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
David C
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The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and the oldest in West Des Moines. Built by one of West Des Moines’ first settlers, James C. Jordan, the house today serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms serve as a fitting backdrop of displaying the many antique treasures gathered from the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also be interested in both the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad which played an important role in the early years of West Des Moines. One hour guided tours are offered beginning at 11am and then again at 1pm. Doors open 15 minutes before tour begins. Dates of tours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Friday, Saturday and Sunday Labor Day-Memorial Day: Friday and Sunday
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
+1 515-225-1286
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully restored historical home of James Jordan. The tour was very educational and given by a very knowledgeable guide. Definitely a place to stop when in Des Moines !

Thank Mollie R
Management response:Responded 12 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Jordan House! We're so glad you had a great experience.

Reviewed 11 March 2017

Sitting on a wooden lot is a old two story home fully restored from the period before Iowa was a state. Even as the Native Americans were roaming the land James Jordan settled the land. In time, in order to bring the railroad in, he...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This has limited times that it's ooen. We like old homes and decided to check it out. Good history of the family and area when it was established. If you like old houses be sure to visit. The tour took about 2 hours. There were...More

1  Thank davidjensen399
Reviewed 22 March 2016

We arrived for the tour on a very busy Friday morning. The staff was surprised at how busy they were but they did a WONDERFUL job. The tour was very interesting - everyone left with learning something new. My kids enjoyed the tour but I...More

Thank tanschkn
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I would have rated this excellent if the docent could have been more detailed on the Underground Railway. She was very detailed on the decorations and furnishings which was wonderful but we did leave thirsting for more history.

3  Thank HannahIowa
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

We had earmarked this but hadn't realised that the house wouldn't be open. Website had said tours available Friday's but hadn't mentioned, that we could see, that the house would be locked in other days. We wandered around the outside and saw a chipmunk... But...More

2  Thank Janne N
Reviewed 9 July 2015

James Jordan helped bring the railroad to West Des Moines (Valley Junction), and, more importantly, as an abolitionist, made his house a stop on the Underground Railroad. John Brown stayed a couple of times at the Jordan house. This historically important house has been beautifully...More

1  Thank THVolpone
Reviewed 18 February 2015

I'd never heard about the Jordan family and their efforts to help slaves and their part in the underground railroad. The woman giving tour was very informative and gave us so much history of the house, family, and the underground railroad. We enjoyed our tour...More

3  Thank 3nebraskasisters
Reviewed 9 January 2015

I visited the Jordan House on a school trip & I feel like I learned so much about the Jordan family tree and I didn't learn anything about the slaves or the underground railroad . Our tour lady told us all about the Jordan children...More

2  Thank Adoylee
Reviewed 10 December 2013

I love history and i was excited to visit this location that was used as an underground railroad point.....very interesting and also there is a ghost of the youngest child that roams the house.

4  Thank Mayra1217
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