TOUR DAVENPORT’S HISTORIC CHURCHES DURING THE FIRST “ALTAR CRAWL”

TOUR DAVENPORT’S HISTORIC CHURCHES DURING THE FIRST “ALTAR CRAWL”

May 19th Event Features Hilltop Places of Worship

Doors of the churches of some of Davenport’s most historic congregations will be open to visitors, Sunday, May 19th for the Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl. Six churches in and around the boundaries of The Village will welcome visitors for the free, first-time event. Hours are 1-5PM. Participating churches include: Bethel A.M.E., First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, St. John’s United Methodist, and Trinity Episcopal.

May is designated as Preservation Month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All of these churches are home to some of Davenport’s earliest communities of faith, tracing their roots to the city’s beginnings. Their first meetings were in homes and buildings located in early Davenport. As the city grew, the congregations moved to the hills above downtown. Most of the structures, built between 1867 and 1964, were designed by master architects from Davenport, Chicago and New York. Five of the six are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Not content to rest on their historic foundations, these congregations continue to give back by hosting many social programs benefitting people living in Davenport. “Churches have always been secure cornerstones of villages, and we are privileged to be home to some of the most historic, architecturally significant and deeply-rooted places of worship in the Quad Cities. We think people will find this unique and attractive feature of the area very interesting,” said Scott Tunnicliff, Director of Hilltop Campus Village.

The May 19th open house will allow the churches to showcase the architecture of their buildings, history of the churches and their congregations, as well as current community programs and services. Visitors may begin their tour at any participating church where guides will be on hand to welcome guests and direct them to points of interest.

A tour brochure with map and more information will be available at all locations or can be downloaded at the Hilltop Campus Village website beginning May 1st.

What: The Hilltop Campus Village Altar Crawl.
When: Sunday, May 19th, 2013, 1-5PM.
Where: Participating churches in and around the boundaries of Hilltop Campus Village, Davenport, Iowa.
Tickets: No tickets required, free to the public.
Parking: In church lots and surrounding streets.
More Information: visit www.hilltopcampusvillage.org or Marion Meginnis, 563-326-3290, marion_meginnis@msn.com

Participating Churches &History of their Congregations:

Bethel A.M.E. Church, 323 W. 11th St.*- Bethel A.M.E. traces its roots to its founding in 1866 when four men came together to organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Davenport. It was the first African American congregation in Davenport and among the earliest in the state of Iowa. The stucco and half timbered building, designed by the noted Davenport architectural firm of Clausen and Clausen, has been in service since 1908. The interior features a barrel vaulting over the nave and a domed apse behind the altar; the stained glass windows were donated by members of the congregation.

First Baptist Church, 1401 Perry St.*- The cornerstone of the present church building was laid in 1889 during the 50th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. Then called “Calvary Baptist,” the sanctuary was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by John S. Wollacott of Chicago. Wells Glass Company of Chicago created the stained glass windows. Davenport’s Baptists held their first service on September 13, 1839. The congregation’s first church was built at the corner of 4th and Brady on land donated by Antoine LeClaire, making the congregation the oldest continuously meeting Protestant congregation in Davenport. During the tour there will be historical items on display and refreshments available in Fellowship Hall.

First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St. – With its current building constructed in 1964, this congregation will celebrate its 175th year in Davenport in 2014. Davenport’s First Christian Church began in a house at 3rd and Main on July 28, 1839, with 21 charter members. The first church home was in the Tapley carpenter shop at 2nd and Brady. As the congregation grew, it moved to different locations, building two churches in the process. First Christian is affiliated with the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Christ. The Christian Church is a denomination that grew out of the Scottish Presbyterian Church and is recognized as having its roots in the United States. The tour will feature music, visits to the sanctuary, prayer chapel, fellowship hall and gymnasium as well as an historical display and refreshments.

First Presbyterian Church,* 1702 Iowa St.- Built 1897-98 in the classic Romanesque style, First Presbyterian’s sanctuary was designed by the Galesburg architectural firm of Gottschalk & Beadle who designed a nearly identical church on Galesburg Square that was completed one year prior. Its stained glass windows are by J and R Lamb Studios of New York City. The founding congregation met in April, 1838, in a small building on Ripley Street with 10 members. During the past 175 years, the congregation has worshiped at five different locations and built three churches. Altar crawl visitors are invited to tour the sanctuary, balcony, chapel and elaborately decorated original pastor’s study, as well as enjoy an organ demonstration and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 109 E. 14th St.*- The cornerstone for today’s church was laid in 1902, and services began there in 1903. It was designed by Parke T. Burrows with F. G. Clausen serving as the supervising engineer. Davenport Methodists trace their beginnings to a small congregation in Rockingham, a settlement located on Davenport’s southwest side. The first services in Davenport began in 1837, and the first Methodist church was erected in 1843. During the 19th Century, several Methodist congregations formed and additional buildings erected. Two churches came together to form the congregation that dedicated St. John’s in 1903. Highlights of the May 19th tour include the sanctuary, a conference/history room, the downstairs of the former parsonage, plus refreshments at The Center, located across 14th Street and home to the popular “Skate Church” and many other community activities.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 W. 12th St.*- Built 1867-1873, this Gothic-style church is the oldest on the tour and was consecrated as Grace Cathedral. It was the first cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. It was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter of New York City, one of the leading church architects of his time. The first Episcopal parish was established in 1841. Its first church was a small frame building erected at Fourth and Main Streets, with a crude altar, plank benches and a round stove in the nave; a second church, destroyed by fire in 1873, featured the first pipe organ in Iowa. Congregations from the old Trinity Episcopal Parish and Grace Cathedral merged in 1910 to form Trinity Cathedral. Visitors will tour the sanctuary and rarely opened original sacristy.

* Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Sponsored by:

Hilltop Campus Village: An Iowa Main Street Community located in Davenport, Iowa. Its goals include creation of a revitalized, mixed-use neighborhood that is family friendly, clean and safe, alive with activities and excitement, and retention of a diverse population living and working in the established district.

P.U.N.C.H. (People Uniting Neighbors and Churches): Formed in 2004 by the churches in the Brady Hill neighborhood of Davenport, its goal is to make the neighborhood a better place to work, worship and live in.

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Join Cedar Rapids in “Preserving Our History, Celebrating Our Best” at May 4 Preservation Showcase

Are you intrigued by the history of your city and its vibrant past? Do you own a historic property that might qualify for tax credits to fund its restoration? Is your older home in need of maintenance and proper care? Join the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission for a day of demonstrations and workshops on these topics and more as it hosts the second annual Preservation Showcase, “Preserving Our History, Celebrating Our Best,” on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

This exciting event will include morning workshops on tax credits to fund historic restorations and a presentation on Successful Examples of Architectural Preservation in Cedar Rapids Both Past and Present. The afternoon sessions will based around the topic, “I Bought an Old House That Needs Repairs… Now What?” These sessions will show owners of older buildings how to restore and maintain their properties through hands-on demonstrations and interactions with restoration professionals.

To cap off the day, the 2013 Preservation Awards will be presented to citizens and community organizations that have advanced Cedar Rapids’ history for a new generation by restoring historic homes and buildings. The awards include a stewardship honor for a group or individual who has made significant contributions in effort, time and/or promotion of historic preservation in Cedar Rapids.

The Showcase will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on May 4, 2013, at the historic CSPS Hall in vibrant New Bohemia, 1103 3rd Street SE (at the corner of 3rd St and 11th Ave SE). Admission is free. Parking is available both on street and in the City Lot #44 (located behind the CSPS on 2nd Street SE).

The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated May as Preservation Month to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country. Join the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission on May 4 as part of this national celebration in “Preserving Our History, Celebrating Our Best!”

For more information about the Historic Preservation Commission, please visit the following web address: http://cityofcr.com/HPC.

For more information, contact:
Thomas Smith
Community Development
City of Cedar Rapids
(319) 286-5161
t.smith@cedar-rapids.org

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Mason City’s Historic Egloff House

The property is located at 655 7th Street NE. The house was completed in 1939 and remains largely intact. Designed by Earle Richard Cone and built by local builder Arne Holvik, the house is built in the Art Moderne style. The main level of the house includes a living room with a fireplace, office, eat-in kitchen, dining room, laundry room and half bat. It contains 5 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, a family room and two outdoor decks. The house sits on a partial basement. When relocated, the substantial footprint of the house will offer the new owner the opportunity to establish a modern finished basement area for use as a mother-in-law suite, accessory apartment or man-cave. While constructed as a single-family residence, the house is also well suited to adaptive re-use as a professional office or a bed and breakfast.

The house has been determined to eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Proposers are encouraged to be creative and innovative when looking at reuse options for the house.
Open houses are scheduled at the Egloff House on Saturday, April 27 and June 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Egloff House Relocation is part of the historical mitigation work associated with the City’s flood buyout project.

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Council Bluffs Trolley Tours

April 1, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: Trolley Tours of Historic Districts From: Preserve Council Bluffs (Contact: Mary Lou McGinn 712-328-0958))

Preserve Council Bluffs will begin the 2013 series of Trolley Tours of the Historic Districts of Council Bluffs on Thursday, April 25th. The tours will continue through October on the fourth Thursday of each month.

In addition to the late afternoon tours, two morning tours have been added. The schedule is: April 25th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd, September 26th, and October 24th.Boarding on Ollie the Trolley will begin at 5:30pm, except for October when the time will change to 5pm to accommodate daylight savings time. Morning tours will be offered on May23rd and July 25th at 10am. Tours last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. The boarding site is 200 Pearl Street in front of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, across the street from City Hall.

To purchase tickets, call the Bluffs Arts Council at 712-328-4992, Monday through Thursday,9 am – 4 pm. Tickets for the tour are $10 per person. The 60-page booklet, Historic Homes of Council Bluffs – Four Walking Tours will be for sale at the special price of $2 (value $5). The booklet, published in 2011 by Preserve Council Bluffs, includes the history and architecture of many additional historic homes in the districts. Tickets are available in advance only, and are non-refundable.

The trolley will take us through the four historic districts surrounding downtown Council Bluffs:Willow/Bluff/Third Street District, Park/Glen Avenues District, Lincoln/Fairview District – all listed on the National Register of Historic Places – and Seventh & Eighth Street District. The tour guide will share a glimpse of the early history of Council Bluffs through the architectural styles of selected homes and brief histories of the first families who first lived in them.

The sponsors of the tours are Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital; Council Bluffs Savings Bank; Curler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring; Dickinson & Clark CPAs, PC; Heartland Properties Inc.;Kelly’s Carpet & Furniture; McGinn Law Firm; Smith Davis Insurance; Struyk Turf.

The project is coordinated by the Education/Public Relations Committee of Preserve Council Bluffs, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the heritage of Council Bluffs through its architecture, sites and people.

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Preservation Iowa: Most Endangered Sites 2013

Good afternoon!

Here is the official list of Preservation Iowa’s Most Endangered Sites for 2013.

1. Redfield Brick & Tile

2. Lambrite- Iles Peterson House

3. CCC/ Prisoner of War Recreational Hall

4. A Tie between Old Hardware/ Sullivan Opera House and Louise Crawford Elementary School

5. Wapsipinicon Mill museum

6. Archaeological Site ( Central Plains Tradition)

All of us here at Preservation Iowa would like to thank all of those who submitted applications for this year’s Most Endangered  Sites list. We appreciate all of the applicants’ efforts in continuing this tradition of historic preservation and in bringing these valuable Iowa properties to the attention of our community. More information on these sites will be posted soon.
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Paul Cutting: Guest Blog

Preservation Iowa recently invited  those who had a  story to tell about their personal journey with historic preservation. We were fortunate enough to hear from Paul Cutting, a young preservationist focusing on restoring rural architectural structures.  Here is his story.

Everyone said I had to move away.  “Get a good job,” they’d tell me, whatever that meant.  Have a family, make something of yourself, and never look back.  Decorah, they said, would always be there.  There for retirement, or maybe even there to someday raise kids, but never a place to craft a life.  I took the advice and tried my luck elsewhere.  I split and enrolled at University of Iowa.  All throughout college, my time in Iowa City felt directionless.  I majored in geography, a schizophrenic field of study.  Economics, political science, sociology, cultural geography, physical geography, GIS, geology and urban planning all wrapped into one untidy package, geography wasn’t really a field of study, I’d soon discover, but instead a catch-all those of us who couldn’t bring ourselves to commit to one single thing.  And regardless, I was more interested in socializing and happy hour than my studies.

All said, I look back at my time in Iowa City with fondness.  But my time there was totally stressful.  I was lost.  When I get that feeling of being boxed in, I exercise.  Running and long walks are the immediate cure-all for anxiety, so I took up exploring Iowa City’s old neighborhoods.  Groping my way through the side streets, I located every last settlement-era house there ever was.  One story houses built of that miserable, flaky sandstone (the characteristic house of Iowa City’s first ten years; you know what I speak of if you’ve ever been), houses of brick, and a seemingly inconspicuous house on Cedar Avenue sheathed in clapboard, only that the walls were a foot thick and the core of it log.  A log house in Iowa City, really?

Half way through my senior year and blowing through the last classes needed to call myself an official college grad, and still nowhere closer to figuring out the purpose of my life, I stumbled onto something big.  Something that would change my course, something I could finally feel good about and sink my teeth into.  It sucked me in, and I didn’t fight it.  It was like those clichéd stories you hear, usually involving alcohol and god.  Someone wakes up one morning and puts down a bottle and finds their salvation.

Mine involved old wood, Norwegians, and abandoned houses.  Out for a beer with a friend on winter break, someone came up and asked whether I had seen the classified ad in the local paper.  “No,” I responded sheepishly, “Why?”  “Someone’s got an old log house they’re wanting gone.  Take it down or it’ll be burned.”  Really?  I remembered that one time (in one of those classes used to fill the aforementioned geography requirements) when the professor made some mention of Abe’s unpresuming upbringing in a log cabin coupled with a canoe and some Tyler character.  But he said those buildings were long since gone.

I think I slept about two hours that night, all the while rehearsing what I was going to tell the guy on the phone the next morning.  I went and looked at it; a hulk of a beauty, naked and half clawed away by an excavator.  Apparently they discovered it was built of logs when the excavator was crunching the house to pieces.  A fortress, if you will, or at least unassumingly stronger than your average 2×4 house.  I bought it on the spot and immediately proceed to rip into it.  I didn’t have a background in construction, mind you, so it was all very much a learning experience.  Despite not really knowing what I was doing and really not aware of how something should be “properly taken apart”, I was hooked.

A semester away from being done at Iowa, I lumped all my course load into three days:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, giving myself four full days to make the two and a half hour trek north to work on my project.  In addition to the demo project, it was during this time I became obsessed with driving the countryside in search of more houses.  I drove something like 5,000 miles that spring and located a hundred houses.  Some were abandoned recently so, others abandoned sometime after that initial 1850-70 settlement period and by some stroke of luck still stand thanks to a sympathetic farmer or a metal roof, and some were still lived in and upgraded over time, appearing like any non-assuming farmhouse.  I learned every back road of Winneshiek County.  My strategy was not deliberate or thoughtfully executed.  I followed my nose.  I’d pull into a farmstead, realize there was no old log house to be found, throw the truck into reverse and speed off to the next place down the road.  I concentrated on the areas that felt good being in, mostly those hilly areas of northeastern Winneshiek and the western half of adjacent Allamakee County.  I learned to love that landscape.  It sucked me in, and I was smitten.

Ask anyone who’s never been to Iowa and they’ll likely spout off three things:  the caucus, flat cornfields, and old conservative people sitting in wayside gas stations along I-80 drinking watery coffee.  And honestly, to me, most of Iowa feels that way.  Stodgy, conservative, and old.  Except Decorah, that is. Sure, Decorah has some of these characteristics, but at the same time it feels foreign; more Vermont than Midwest.  As part of the Driftless Region, an area of Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota, Southwest Wisconsin, and a sliver of Northwestern Illinois that happened to escape the last glacier and its steamrolling effect, the Driftless landscape with its rolling hills, forests and trout streams is unquestionably the most satisfying and comforting I’ve ever experienced.  And Decorah is a wonderful town to boot.  With a thriving downtown, a liberal arts college, a food coop rivaling any natural foods store in the largest city, plenty of young people doing innovative things, and a strong progressive bent, Decorah feels like home.

The landscape of the Driftless is changing, and with it a collective loss of community and its history.  Back in 2007 I located something like a hundred log houses.  Since then that number’s grown to about 250.  To my surprise there had never even been an inventory of them.  Never.  SHPO does not know they exist.  Darrell Henning, longtime curator of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah (the foremost museum on Norwegian-American anything and everything), and a personal mentor to me, has documented several.  Other than Darrell’s work, and perhaps the efforts of a few individuals who’ve deconstructed and rebuild a house here and a house there, there hasn’t been any meaningful academic endeavor to identify and document the resource.  Couple this sad fact with our ever-industrialized landscape, and things are being lost very quickly while few watch.  With land prices tripling over the last decade, cash rental rates for tillable land doubling in nearly as many, and about a twenty percent reduction in enrolled lands in conservation set-aside programs over the last ten, our landscape is being disfigured at breakneck speed.

With the forest so goes the farmstead.  Landowners go to irrationally great lengths to clear land for crop production.  Once, I was given the option to disassemble a log house that would have otherwise been burned.  The house sat on a two-acre farmstead next to an old barn, a garage, a few storage sheds, a huge windbreak of hundred-year-old Norway spruce, apple trees and sugar maples.  The entire farmstead—buildings, trees and all—wiped clean at an expense of over $5,000.  Now it’s a cornfield.

Graciously, my parents allowed me to rebuild the log house on their farm.  And thankfully, the farm also had a number of outbuildings.  A barn, granary, machine shed, chicken coop, hay shed, all of which I filled with materials from houses I’ve disassembled over the last six years.  I joke that I’m working right in front of the bulldozer.  In fact, nearly all of the houses I’ve taken down would have otherwise been bulldozed or burned.

Many professionally trained preservationists outwardly dismiss the disassembly and relocation of historic buildings.  They say context and material fabric are lost, and rightfully so, because they are.  But outwardly dismissing such an activity as somehow not legitimate as a preservation exercise is neither helpful nor on point.  In a landscape being manipulated as fast as ours, with the grubber literally gnawing at earshot length, moving a building out of harms way is often the last and only option.  And for this reason, I wholeheartedly believe what I’ve done is both legitimate and worthwhile.

I’ve had the opportunity to disassemble about ten 19th century log houses.  I’ve rebuilt four and am very proud of them all.  The other six are stashed away awaiting someone to pay me to rebuild them.  I was very deliberate with how I pieced them back together and believe in the stories those thoughtful decisions tell.  They border on museum pieces; I think you’ll agree.  I’ve also had the opportunity to rehabilitate several US Forest Service-owned log buildings in Colorado.  This summer I restored a log barn outside Decorah.  This fall I restored a log pumphouse in Wisconsin.  You can find photos of my work at www.troutriverloghouse.com as well as photos from other abandoned buildings.

The last six years have taught me a lot about myself.  I thrive on meaningful work.  I’m passionate about old wood, wood that’s been worked by callous hands and an industrious mind.  And that the Driftless is my home, and it feels good to be here.

Paul Cutting’s Portfolio: http://cuttingp.wix.com/paul-cutting#!portfolio/c1hww

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Haunted History

Being a member of Preservation Iowa has helped me learn more about the beautiful places Iowa has to offer.  My husband and I had been meaning to make the short 2 1/2 hour trip to the Historic Villages of Van Buren County for years, but the trip kept getting pushed and pushed.  Until Friday, when we attended the Haunted History event in Bentonsport.

The Bridge from Bentonsport to Vernon

I knew this area of the state was rich in beautiful Historic buildings, the Guard and Bathhouse at Lacey Keosauqua State Park had won a Preservation at Its Best award earlier in the month, and the Village of Bentonsport itself is a National Historic District.  However, I wasn’t fully prepared for the awesome night we had in store for us.

Chuck and Joy Hanson of the Mason House Inn opened up their home and shared about the 165 year old building.  Most of the furnishings in the house are original to the building, including quilts and photographs.  The Mason House, originally the Ashland House was built in 1846 as a hotel to serve steamboaters.  It stood as the Phoenix Hotel for 90 years.  Later, the hotel served as the first stop out of Missouri on the underground railroad and a field hospital for soldiers in the War between the states.

The banks of the Des Moines river

After the presentation, the professionals at Quad City Paranormal Research Organization lead a group around the house looking and listening for the spirits that roam the halls of this rich historic home.  In the morning, we gathered around in the dining room to share a delicious breakfast and share stories of the previous night’s events!  We’ll be going back to the Historic Villages of Van Burin County, to Bentonsport and to the Mason House for sure.

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Haunted History

The worlds of Historic Preservation and the paranormal will cross October 26 at a landmark hotel named by The Today Show as “one of the most haunted houses in America.” Preservation Iowa, the statewide non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of Historic Preservation, is teaming up with the Mason House Inn and the Quad Cities Paranormal Research Organization (QC PRO) to put on a special Halloween event.

From 7:00pm-9:00pm, Chuck and Joy Hanson will provide a tour and presentation of the “paranormal Disneyland” that is their home and hotel. The 1846 building has served as a hospital three separate times over the last 165 years and was a station on the Underground Railroad. Nestled in the National Historic District in the Villages of Van Buren, this beautiful building hosts 300 friendly spirits on the grounds.

At 9:00pm the Researchers from QC PRO will begin an overnight investigation, where up to ten people (15 and older) can investigate alongside the professionals. Guests can also stay overnight in one of the Mason House Inn’s nine rooms and review the findings over breakfast in the morning.

To reserve your space call 515-481-0040 or email Preservation Iowa events@preservationiowa.org. All proceeds will be donated to Preservation Iowa.

Cost: $7 for Tour and Presentation, $35 for overnight investigation, Additional charge for a reservation at Mason Inn

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Haunted History

…no need for a vote.  Hands down, the winner was the Mason House Inn in Bentonsport, Iowa.

Here’s a bit of their story:

We are Chuck and Joy Hanson, owners and operators of the Mason House Inn in Bentonsport, Iowa.  It is a B&B and also our home.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.  We bought the Inn in 2001.   People always ask me, “Are you really haunted?”  I have to say “Yes”… but….it’s not a scary, Hollywood, zombie kind of haunting.

The spirits, or ghosts, who are here, have been here a long time.  They are here because they are happy here.  They don’t want to scare anybody or hurt anybody.  Three of them are previous owners or proprietors who loved the old hotel in life and don’t want to leave.  Two are Civil War soldiers who died here when the building was a hospital.  Some died here when it was a TB hospital in the early 1900s.  Several others are adults and children who died here because a doctor lived here when the building was a boarding house.  The doctor used to bring his sick and dying patients here because there was no other place in town to take them.

The spirits usually just go about their business like they did when they were alive….opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, walking around the rooms and up and down the hallway and stairs.  The children like to jump on the beds, play with things in the rooms, and knock on doors as a prank.  Sometimes the guests see the child or person for a moment before they disappear.  Sometimes there is only the sound of someone, but nothing is sighted.   Sometimes there is a tapping or knocking sound on the walls of the room, the guest assumes it is the people next door until they find out there was no one next door.

Please don’t be afraid to stay here.  If you tell the spirits to leave you alone, they will.  We also have non-haunted rooms in the General Store building and Caboose Cottage.   Just coming here will not guarantee you will see a ghost.  You have to be already sensitive or have psychic ability to see or sense the spirits.  Many people don’t see or feel anything.  Ghosts don’t perform on command, so we don’t guarantee anything.  So come and stay, relax and enjoy what we have.

Join us- for some Haunted History

When: Friday, October 26 7:00-9:00pm, and overnight

Where: Mason House Bed & Breakfast  21982 Hawk Drive, Bentonsport

Cost:   $7 for Tour and Presentation  $35 for overnight investigation   Additional charge for reservation at Mason Inn

For more information contact events@preservationiowa.org

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Historic Halloween Happening!

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With Halloween just around the corner, we thought this month would be the perfect time to highlight your Haunted Historic Homes!
In your research into your Historic Building have you found stories about ghosts that live upstairs?  Do you want to know just what is closing your doors and windows during the night?  If so, then Preservation Iowa has a proposition for you!
Email us your stories, we’ll post the best, and vote. The winner receives a paranormal investigation by the Quad Cities Paranormal Research Organization, and evening tours to showcase what they found in the spookiest corners on October 26th!
This event would be perfect for your business, main street community or even a single family home!
Send emails to volunteer@preservationiowa.org by September 30
Happy Haunting!
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