Heartland Acres Agribition Center

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Heartland Acres Agribition Center is located in Independence, Iowa. I’ve heard about them for a couple of years, but recently I got a chance to visit them when they hosted the 2009 One-Room School Workshop sponsored by the Iowa Historical Preservation Society. I’m glad I did. They are very specific in saying they are not a museum, but an experience center. It is designed to focus on both modern and historic agriculture.


Milk Station 1

The display building has several exhibit areas. As you enter to the right are interactive displays about livestock, including a great milking machine. Then there is a section on inventions and how they effected the development of agriculture and farm life.

Milk Station Close Up Milk Station Close Up

A temporary exhibit area had a display on farm life in different decades. A full scale “Skelly” gas station from the 1920s serves as an entrance to the Cars…

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