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Fascinating Story

This site is on the location of a fascinating story of the massacre of 40 people and the abduction... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Lewiston, New York
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Make this stop!

We spent about 45 minutes here and it is well worth the stop. Ed Purdy was working the museum and... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2018
James G
Marshalltown, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Abbie Gardner survived the Spirit Lake Massacre massacre of 1857. The rebuilt pioneer cabin is the sidelight now, but at one time this was a major destination among those who have regard for pioneer history. The rest of the story is the new slant on...More

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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

This site is on the location of a fascinating story of the massacre of 40 people and the abduction of a 13 year old girl. It’s a relatively unknown story despite Abigail Gardner’s book still in print today. The tour guide showed us an informative...More

1  Thank Rexvillenative
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We spent about 45 minutes here and it is well worth the stop. Ed Purdy was working the museum and he is great. Really knowledgeable and helpful. He really made the visit above and beyond. He did a great job explaining and did a good...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Pretty awesome how these 4women survived the massacre that made history in this area. Inkpuda was a horrible chief that reminds me of present day problems. Certainly would not of enjoyed living in that small cabin under those conditions. The burial sites were close to...More

Thank carlah623
Reviewed 21 September 2017

They an have an excellent presentation regarding the history although it naturally leans in the politically correct direction. Great for both adults and children.

Thank Iowegian-Viking
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

The Abbie Gardner cabin, neighboring museum and historical monument are tucked away in a city park setting a short distance from Arnold's Park. Visitors learn the history of the Spirit Lake Massacre in which many of the earliest white settlers in this area were killed...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I like to understand what the "spirit" of a place is, and hidden amongst many cottages is about a block green space that recounts the Spirit Lake Massacre . The information building is closed on Monday but the monuments and actual cottage have you close...More

Thank pattihoman5
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This is one of Iowa's most significant urban parks, marking the site where the Spirit Lake massacre began. There is a small visitors center and museum next to the Gardner family cabin. The obelisk monument erected in 1894 to honor the settlers and the "rescuers,...More

1  Thank VivaMexicoLiz
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Revisited this site in Arnolds Park. Has a large memorial statue erected as well as a small museum and of course the original cabin and cemetery. The museum has a running story of the events that happened back in 1856 and onwards, It is quite...More

Thank dennisp859
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

In 1856 a renegade Sioux Tribe attacked several groups of settlers around West and East Okoboji and Spirit Lake, Iowa. They killed most of the people accepted for 4 women that were kidnapped. The cabin that belonged to the Gardner family can be visited at...More

1  Thank james R
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

If you have kids or grandkids this is a fun short visit! If they love learning take the time to share this with them

Thank Marlin L
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8 October 2018|
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Response from Rexvillenative | Reviewed this property |
An hour or less is fine. I suggest you read Abbie’s book before you go to help you appreciate it more.
Emily S
9 May 2018|
Response from Rexvillenative | Reviewed this property |
No you do not.