Centerville

(55 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Appanoose County Courthouse

The courthouse is situated on the large town square and is the pride of Centerville and Appanoose County. Appanoose County was established in 1843 and originated by the Iowa Territorial Legislature on January 13, 1846. It is named for the chief of the Sac and the Fox Indian tribes who headed the peace party during the Black Hawk War. Appanoose means “A Chief When a Child.” Appanoose County was one of the main coal mining areas in Iowa during the first third of the 20th Century. The cornerstone for the current Courthouse was laid on May 21, 1903. It cost $90,600 to build and was designed by the architects Smith and Gage. The exterior walls are covered with Bedford stone veneer and the roof is all tile. The clock tower, which rises from the middle of the building, sets the building apart from all others. Located in the center of the Courthouse Square Historic District, the courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Centerville, IA 52544
During normal business hours
No charge

Historic Courthouse Square District

Centerville Square is known to be the biggest square in the World without stoplights. Centerville’s historic downtown square features 119 building on the National Register of Historic Places which adds to the charm. Enjoy the day at One of a Kind Gift Shop, The Shoppes at Bradley Hall or The Columns, all located just off the square. This bustling district is lined with specialty shops, apparel retailers and restaurants; and located just off the square is One of a Kind Gift Shop, The Shoppes at Bradley Hall and The Columns. Simon Estes, internationally known operatic bass-baritone is a native of Centerville.

Centerville, IA 52544
During normal business hours
No charge

The Columns

Beautifully restored, two-story home became “a galleria of the special & unique” in 2001. It is filled with wonderful antiques & excellent gift and home decorative items. Special features include The Iowa Room filled with books about Iowa & written by Iowan authors, artwork, paintings, pottery, and other unique crafts all made by local Iowans. The basement is filled with antiques & other fun collectables, more arriving daily as well as a large sale room. Clocks, furniture, children’s books, quilts & jewelry and unique kitchen accessories are items that can be found. Built in 1895, the house was a model of modern architecture, and its interior arrangement for comfort and convenience made it one of the most handsome homes of the time in the city. It contains a beautiful open staircase, wide, carved woodwork, large, airy rooms, pocket doors, several fireplaces, thick brick walls, a quaint attic and a full basement, and a back stairway into the kitchen. Outside, two-story ionic columns connect the second-floor balcony and the welcoming front porch. A portico extends over the driveway.

52544 107 E Washington St.
Centerville, IA 52544
641.437.1178
Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No charge

Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum

Located in a Georgian style building that housed the Centerville Post Office from 1903–1977, museum contains two replica coal mines with related artifacts and research materials. This former post office houses a pioneer farm and village, post office display and history of Appanoose County. The early history of Appanoose County was closely bound to that of the mining industry. About 1860, coal mining grew from a small family operation to a giant business. In 1934 there were 99 mines in the county. Some of them were slope mines and some shaft mines were up to about 100 feet deep. At one time, Appanoose County had the largest coal mining payroll in the state. Railroads were gradually extended to most of the mines for shipping of coal. The industry became non-competitive in the 1940’s and 1950’s because of the poor quality of the coal, the thin seam of only about 5 feet, and the conversion of homes to natural gas and the railroads to diesel. By 1971, there was only one mine left in the county, the Gladstone. Mines were dismantled and sealed and the huge slag piles were used for county road surfacing.

100 West Maple Hwy 2
Centerville, IA 52544
641.856.8040
appanoosehistory@yahoo.com
Curator Lisa Eddy 641.895.6323 or lmeddy@iowatelecom.net at 100 West Maple Street
See website for seasonal hours
Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students

The Shoppes at Bradley Hall

Located in a 100 year old home with over 10,000 square feet and 22 rooms for people to shop. Beautifully restored historic turn-of-the century mansion with 4 floors of antiques, primitives, specialty gifts, hand-crafted items, and the Carriage House Shoppe with outside furniture and items for the porch, patio and yard. Completed in 1909, D.C. Bradley’s home was built along Centerville’s “Gold Coast” area. The Bradley home became the social center of Centerville, complete with a ballroom on the third floor. Dutch Colonial, with definite Japanese influence, beautifully stained and leaded glass doors and windows, massively beamed ceilings, mahogany paneled walls, cut-glass-candelabra, mosaic tile and hard wood floors, cedar-lined closets, Corinthian columns, French doors, four fireplaces, and a mahogany-railed grand staircase, frescoed ceilings and built in china and linen closets.

519 Drake Ave.
Centerville, IA 52544
641.856.5345
Mon – Fri: 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 10 p.m. – 4 p.m.
No charge

Places to Stay

The Continental Restaurant & Hotel

Built as a hotel and restaurant in 1893, the Continental has a very rich history, having been the lodging for many famous (and infamous) individuals including Booker T. Washington, Carrie Nation, Simon Estes, and Jesse & Frank James, just to name a few. In 1962, a bomb exploded on Continental Flight 11, which was the first terrorist act on a commercial jetliner in history, and it happened over Appanoose County. The world media agencies converged upon the Continental Hotel in Centerville, Iowa to hold their press conferences. Most of its life, the building has served as a hotel until the early 1990s when the building began to deteriorate. The Continental seemed destined for demolition. In 1996, a successful business man and native to the Centerville area, Morgan Cline, saw the beauty in The Continental. With a love for old architecture and his generosity, he restored the building. Today, The Continental offers executive suites, upscale apartments for the well elderly, as well as the area’s leading restaurant. Hotel rooms have microwaves, refrigerator, full living room and a separate bedrooms. Located right on the east side of the square, with several rooms overlooking the Centerville square. Check in time is 3 p.m.; check out time is 12 p.m.

217 N 13th St.
Centerville, IA 52544
641.437.1025
Hotel is open 24 hours a day
Restaurant hours: Sun – Thu: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

One of a Kind Tea Room

Enjoy your stay in this historic and stately 34 room mansion built in 1867. Variety of rooms available including two rooms with a shared bath and three rooms with private baths. This is the second oldest surviving house in Centerville. Three story brick with inside and outside walls 3 bricks thick, foundation is natural stone 8 foot thick at the lowest part. Breakfast, lunch and dinner by reservations. First floor with gift shop with collectibles, antiques and reproductions that take you back to “yesteryear.” Many items are handmade on the premises. You will also find artist supplies for painting, needle arts as well as instruction books for arts and crafts.

314 West State St.
Centerville, IA 52544
641.437.4540
jjstuff@iowatelecom.net
Mon – Sat: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dining

Tangleberries – Eats Treats & Suites

Located on the South Side of Historical Centerville Square. Two store front building features original tin ceilings and crown mouldings along with original hardwood floors in the coffee shop.

104 W Jackson St.
Centerville, IA 52544
tangleberries@iowatelecom.net
641.437.1177
Mon – Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday’s seasonal