Pella Historical Society and Museums
Pella Historical Village is a collage of more than twenty buildings, some more than 150 years old. Others were built later or Historical village with Vermeer Mill in the backgroundmoved in and restored in keeping with our Dutch heritage. These structures are nestled in a courtyard laced with brick walkways.
The Pella Historical Society is a nonprofit organization and depends on donations, memberships and grants to maintain its historic properties and ethnic traditions.
While it is closed on Sunday, I was able to walk around the outside and read information plaques. Pella is a beautiful town with some interesting history. The historical village would be worth returning on a week day when open.
This was a fun stop on a road trip to Chicago. It's a beautiful drive to and from Pella, on the county roads (lots of barn quilt squares), and the town is charming. You can either take a guided tour of the historic village or see it on your own (price is the same). We chose to go on our own since we were on a schedule, and as a historian I felt that was a fine choice. However, if you are not sure on your historical interpretation, I'd recommend a guided tour--there are a lot of buildings with a lot of interesting items! I had no idea there was an Wyatt Earp connection to Pella!
This is an excellent museum and village to show early Dutch life in the 1800's. Also it has the only working windmill in the USA. You can tour it and purchase the ground wheat. We rented the Historical Village for a wedding reception. It was a beautiful venue. The staff were very helpful and easy to work with. There is also a great gift shop.
This site has a genuine, fully functioning Dutch windmill. Informative tours are available at a very minimal rate. The Miller is completely knowlegable about the construction and operation. Accessible for those with disabilities. There is a wonderful miniature Dutch village as,well as many life-size structures to tour.
Love visiting Pella and it's unique shops! :)