We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
Phone Number:
+1 515-225-1286

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 13 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
  • 1
  • 0
Jordan house

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
Johnston, Iowa

Similar Things to Do in West Des Moines

Add Photo Write a Review

13 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 13: English reviews
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 laid out Valley Junction. He owned the land where Jordan Creek mall now sits. But... More 

Thank David C
Johnston, Iowa
Level Contributor
58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 only 4 of us on a Sunday. Tour costs $5.00 per person.

1 Thank davidjensen399
Overland Park, Kansas
Level Contributor
59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 would not recommend it for kids under 7 unless they are not busy.

Thank tanschkn
Level Contributor
106 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
98 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 unfortunately no ghosts or any of the inside😞

1 Thank Janne N
West Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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 restored. Spend an hour or two here. Well worth the time.

1 Thank THVolpone
Lincoln, Nebraska
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 and learned much! Worth the trip if you enjoy history and well kept old homes!

3 Thank 3nebraskasisters
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 & who they married but I was never told or shown where the slaves were... More 

2 Thank Adoylee
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Des Moines, IA
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Although small this is interesting if you love history. I visited this with other history teachers and we enjoyed seeing the home, the artifacts, and the information.

2 Thank DSM_Teacher

Travellers who viewed Jordan House also viewed

West Des Moines, IA

Been to Jordan House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Jordan House and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Jordan House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?