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History & the Arts

This is a land where Dragoons first explored the Des Moines River valley and prairie grass once grew at heights of over 8 feet. The Black Hawk treaty created the Red Rock line, but by 1845 settlers were allowed to move into western Iowa. In the mid-1800s, a group of Dutch immigrants settled in Pella. More than a century-and-a-half later, Dutch culture permeates the largest community in the Red Rock Area. In Knoxville, you’ll discover Iowa’s role in sprint car racing and the history of the Iowa flag. In Melcher-Dallas, you will learn about the legend of coal mining and the role coal played in developing our communities. The area is rich in stories of pioneers and entrepreneurs making the most of the region’s agricultural bounty and innovative spirit.

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Knoxville

  • Art 101

  • 109 South 4th Street, Knoxville
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.5100
  • Website

Art 101 features the work of local artists, including pottery, photography, metal work and more.

Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden
  • Bessie Spaur Butterfly Garden

  • 1002 South Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville Area Community Hospital Grounds
  • Knoxville

Butterflies are attracted to the area because of the plantings. 

Garden area with picnic table and gazebo.

Blue Star Memorial

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Open all year outdoors

Birthplace of the Iowa Flag
  • Birthplace of the Iowa Flag

  • 217 South 2nd Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Knoxville
  • 641.828.7555
  • Website

Visitors to Knoxville can drive by Dixie Cornell Gebhardt's home, see a memorial created in her honor on the courthouse lawn and look at the original design submitted by Gebhardt inside the Marion County Courthouse.

  • Carter's Antiques and More

  • 406 North Kent Street
  • Knoxville
  • 641.828.6134
Knoxville Area Community Theatre
  • Knoxville Area Community Theatre

  • PO Box 396
  • Knoxville
  • 641.891.2868

The Knoxville Area Community Theatre (K-ACT) is a non-profit service organization designed to enhance the entertainment capacity, artistic quality and volunteer opportunities of our community.

2 productions each year - 1 in the Spring the other in the Fall.

  • Knoxville Performing Arts Center

  • 1811 West Madison Street, Knoxville High School
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.2176
  • Website

This new theater seats approximately 700 people.

Marion County Historical Village & Museum
  • Marion County Historical Village & Museum

  • Marion County Park, 306 Willets Drive
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.4895 (President)
  • 641.204.9143 (Curator)
  • Website

The village features a log cabin, little red schoolhouse, country store, stagecoach inn, church, machine annes and depot.  There is also a museum full of history and displays regarding Marion County.

Historic Valley Chapel is available for weddings, church services, etc.

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Open weekends only, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturday & Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by special arrangement with the  Curator.

Small Admission fee

Marysville Covered Bridge
  • Marysville Covered Bridge

  • Marion County Park, 306 Willets Drive, Knoxville
  • Knoxville
  • 641.828.2213

The 1891 bridge features criss-crossed planks on the sides.  In the late 1960's, the bridge was cut in half.  The north 40 feet of the bridge can be seen at the Marion County Park and the south 40 feet of the bridge is in the Wilcox Reclamation Area.

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Open all year, outdoors from 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum
  • National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

  • One Sprint Capital Place, PO box 542
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.6176
  • Website

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April-Sept, Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm.  (Race days open until the races are over)  Oct-March, Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm, Sat-Sun, Noom-5 pm.

The Grand Theatre
  • The Grand Theatre

  • 212 E. Robinson
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.5415
  • Website

Newly restored theatre from movies, live performances and community events.

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7 days a week

The Grand Theatre
  • The Grand Theatre

  • 212 E. Robinson
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.5415
  • Website
  • This, That & the Other

  • 101 South 3rd Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Knoxville
  • 641.842.4200

Lake Red Rock

  • Coal Ridge Church & Museum

  • S-71 near Whitebreast Recreation Area
  • Lake Red Rock

This stately white church is all that remains of Marion County's first coal mining community:  Coal Ridge.

Melcher-Dallas

Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining & Heritage Museum
  • Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining & Heritage Museum

  • 101 NE Center, Melcher
  • P.O. Box 412
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • 641.947.5651

The museum, which is located in the former Miners' Hall, includes a reconstructed coal mine, mining tools, blacksmith's shop, local history memorabilia and Rock Island Railroad items.  Gift shop.

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Open on weekends and by appointment

Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining Museum Mural
  • Melcher-Dallas Coal Mining Museum Mural

  • 101 NE Center, PO Box 412, Melcher
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • 641.947.5651

The mural was created to honor Melcher-Dallas's coal mining heritage.  The mural is located on the north of the Coal Mining & Heritage Museum building.  This project received an Iowa Tourism Award for excellence in Tourism and the Arts.

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Open all year, outdoors

  • Melcher-Dallas Community Center

  • 112 N. Main Street, Melcher
  • Melcher-Dallas
  • 641.947.5043

The theatre seats approximately 325 people.  Country music jams are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. 

Pella

  • Brick and Mortar Company

  • 202 Main St
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Pella
  • 641-629-6962
  • Website

Vintage and reclaimed furniture

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Wed - Fri. 10:00 - 5:00

Sat. 10:00 - 2:00

Douwstra Auditorium-Central College
  • Douwstra Auditorium-Central College

  • Central College Campus
  • Pella
  • 641.628.9000
  • Website

Douwstra is the largest auditorium on Central College's campus with seating for over 600 people.  It hosts speakers, concerts and other performances.

Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium
  • Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium

  • 712 Union Street
  • Pella
  • 641.628.4571
  • Website

This 329-seat auditorium hosts muscial performances, theatre productions and public meetings.  Check the web site for performance dates and times.

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M - F 7:30 - 11:30 AM, 12:30 - 4:00 PM

Kruidenier Center Theatre-Central College
  • Kruidenier Center Theatre-Central College

  • Central College Campus, Pella
  • Pella
  • 641.628.5335
  • Website

Central students perform and direct many plays each year in Central's two black box theatres.  Theatre majors and non-majors work together under the direction of Central faculty, other students and guest directors.

Mills Gallery-Central College
  • Mills Gallery-Central College

  • Central College Campus
  • Pella
  • 641.628.5334
  • Website

The Mills Gallery offers both student and professional artists' exhibitions free of charge to the college, community and travelers.

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Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Pella Cinema

  • Located on the Molengracht in Pella
  • Pella
  • 641.621.0329

Tri-plex movie theatre with stadium style seating.

Pella Community Art Center
  • Pella Community Art Center

  • 712 Union Street
  • Pella
  • 641.628.4571
  • Website

Numerous class offerings are presented each year at the Pella Community Art Center.  Art events for students Pre-K through senior citizens.  Please call for class schedule.

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Open Monday-Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Check website for classes.

  • Pella Depot Museum

  • 102 Main Street
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Pella
  • 888.84PELLA
  • Website

History of Pella windows

Pella Historical Village & Vermeer Mill
  • Pella Historical Village & Vermeer Mill

  • 507 Franklin St
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Pella
  • 641.620.9463
  • 641.628.2409
  • Website

Authentic Dutch working windmill and 22 buildings in the Historcial Village which include a bakery, Grist Mill, Library. Also includes the historica boyhood home of Wyatt Earp. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its Dutch Architecture. 19th Century artifacts housed within.

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Open mid March - December

Vermeer Mill & Historical Village (Mid March-December)

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

 

Guided Tours of the Vermeer Mill at

Pella Opera House
  • Pella Opera House

  • 611 Franklin Street
  • Pella
  • 641.628.8625
  • Website

The Pella Opera House:  It's about history....it's about performing arts...it's about special occasions...it's about meetings...it's about tours...it's Pella!  Built in 1900, this historic treasure was completely renovated in 1990, features a Barton theatre organ, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre seats 324 people.

Scholte House Museum
  • Scholte House Museum

  • 728 Washington Street
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Pella
  • 641.628.2409
  • Website

Built in 1847, the founder of Pella's home is a beautiful display of Dutch and American artifacts and history.

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Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 11:00 - 2:00 or by appointment

Union Street Players
  • Union Street Players

  • 712 Union Street, Pella
  • Pella
  • 641.204.1094
  • Website

Award winning community theatre group.

Union Street Players produces three shows annually at  the Joan Kuyer Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. In addition several summer educational opportunities are offered to youth in the area.

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Varies

Vermeer Corporation Museum
  • Vermeer Corporation Museum

  • 1210 Vermeer Road East
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Pella
  • 641.621.7319
  • Website

Showcases Vermeer and local history in a number of exciting exhibits.

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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4 PM or Saturday by appointment

  • Windmill Mall Antiques & Collectibles

  • 637 Franklin Street, Pella
  • Pella
  • 641.628.1095
  • Website

Explore 2 floors of quality antiques and collectables.  Pottery, stoneware, glassware, furniture and much more.

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Monday-Wednesday and Friday   9 a.m.-6 p.m.,  Thursday 9 a.m.-  6 p.m.,  Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pleasantville

Checkerboard Restaurant & Antiques
  • Checkerboard Restaurant & Antiques

  • 108 East Monroe Street, Pleasantville
  • Pleasantville
  • 515.848.3742
  • Website

 2 floors of  antiques many with a farm background.

Make sure to try the famous onion rings and pizza at Checkerboard.

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Wed-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 5-9 p.m.

Rural Marion County

  • Amsterdam School

  • 1010 198th Place
  • Pella, IA 50219
  • Rural Marion County
  • 641.628.2409
  • Website

Historic one-room school house. Fully furnished in a 19th century style.

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Open by appointment only. Please call or email.

  • Harvey Memorial Museum

  • 402 West Street, PO Box 105, Harvey
  • Rural Marion County
  • 641.949.6600

The museum contains displays of the school and the town's history.

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Open by appointment

North Cedar Creek Hammond Covered Bridge
  • North Cedar Creek Hammond Covered Bridge

  • South of Attica, 170th Place just south of G-76
  • Rural Marion County
  • 641.828.2257

The 19th century Hammond Covered Bridge has a 60-foot single span.  This 1870's bridge is a quiet reminder of the old Iowa countryside.

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Open all year, outdoors.

Red Rock Line
  • Red Rock Line

  • Rural Marion County, near Lake Red Rock and HWY 14
  • Rural Marion County
  • 641.828.7522
  • 641.628.8690
  • Website

Dragoons first explored this area in 1935.  These soldiers patrolled the Red Rock Line from 1842 to 1845.  This line extended north and south through much of Iowa and was named after the town of Red Rock which was located on the shores of the Des Moines River.  After 1845, settlers were allowed west of the Red Rock Line.  Today, the town of Red Rock lies beneath Lake Red Rock.

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Open all year, outdoors.

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