(49 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
Strike an American Gothic pose and take a photograph in front of the small white house made famous by Iowan Grant Wood, one of America’s most beloved artists. The house itself is open the second Saturday, April to October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to view the house from the outside as Grant Wood did in 1930 when he was inspired by its unusual Gothic window. SHSI State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves the American Gothic House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy interpretive exhibits that examine Grant Woods’ role in Midwest Regional Art and take a look at many examples of parodies of the American Gothic painting. Visitors can find the perfect memory of the Gothic House in the gift shop or borrow a costume and pitchfork to make their own American Gothic portrait in front of the original house.