The Historic Pella Trust, established in 1994, is a non-profit preservation group who helps to preserve Pella’s architectural resources so that future generations will continue to be enriched by the historic legacy of Pella’s Dutch heritage and culture. We serve in a counseling and advisory capacity regarding historically correct architecture and disseminate information regarding restoration and reconstruction of facilities.

Our Mission Statement is:

  To Protect and Promote Buildings, Landscapes, and Sites

Important to the Heritage of Pella, Iowa.

Protect & Promote our Heritage

Our office is located in the oldest building in Pella, Iowa, The Thomas Tuttle Cabin Build in 1843.  We do provide tours of this historic landmark.

The Trust interacts to rescue historically significant property in danger of demolition. Restoration of these properties and protection covenants are arranged by our organization.  We take an active approach towards historic preservation advocacy working with local, state and national government agencies to document and preserve.

Members receive our newsletter “Preserve Pella”.  Our annual meeting is in November, by tradition we honor several Pella homeowners with a  Historic Landmark plaque and award during this meeting.

Contact Information

Historic Pella Trust, Inc.

Phone :641-628-2935


Tuttle Log House address: 608 Lincoln Street

Mailing address: PO Box 1, Pella, Iowa 50219

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In the News and Events


Your financial Support is needed to build the Tuttle Learning Walkway!

We are excited to introduce the Tuttle Learning Walkway in partnership with the City of Pella! The walkway will provide an educational experience using signage, instructional capsules and landscaping to offer historical insights and information regarding Pella’s early history. 

Historic Pella Trust has committed to raise 100% of the funds needed for the project so that no tax dollars will be involved. The Learning Walk will utilize a vacated city alleyway beside Tuttle Cabin that leads north to Sunken Garden Park.

Pella Garden Club proceeds for the Summer Luncheon event go towards the plants for the Tuttle Learning Walk

Historic Rock House for Rent

1401 University Street

Consider living in our historic rock house built by stone mason Dick VanLoon in the late 1800’s.  Four rooms on the main floor and a loft, perfect size for one person. Located on a large double lot with room for growing, gardening and enjoying country living on the edge of Pella. Please email including your phone number and tell us why you would like to live in this special landmark.   Email essay for Rock House Rental consideration 

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Bring a touch of Historic Pella to your own property - for free! Master Gardener Duane Rempe, Chairman of the Fair Haven Memorial Garden Restoration Committee, invites you to help yourselves to all the tulip bulbs you want from any of the tulip beds at the garden, located at the NW corner of East Third and Union streets. You dig, you keep! All tulips must go in order to make way for the planting of summer flowers. Choose from any, or all, of the 13 tulip beds. Get 'em while they last! Please share this info with your friends. ... See MoreSee Less

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The time for historic preservation is now... ... See MoreSee Less

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Tuttle cabin guests enjoyed listening to Karen Godley on her concertina this past Friday and Saturday morning during the Tulip Festival. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mr and Mrs Tuttle will be at Tuttle Cabin, 608 Lincoln Street from 10-noon, Friday and Saturday of Tulip Time! Thank you Troy Hugen for catching this famous couple, the Tuttle's in yesterday's parade! These folks are the homesteaders whom Rev. Moses Post brought Dominie Scholte and the Dutch land search coalition to Tuttle Cabin. The Dutch offered Thomas Tuttle gold for the purchase of their homestead to build the city of Pella. ... See MoreSee Less

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Robert Groenboom and his grandchildren pulling the Buerkens wagon for Historic Pella Trust! ... See MoreSee Less

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Recently the Historic Pella Trust has been featuring South Pella on our Facebook page and website. During the month of May please look for our display in the Pella Chronicle window on the east side of the square at 812 Main Street. As the city of Pella works to update the Oskaloosa Street corridor in South Pella we strive to provide vital context for this historic area. Our display is filled with vintage photos and little known facts of South Pella. Our goal is to preserve South Pella's unique heritage for future generations. Please check it out and let us know what you think! And as always, if you have vintage photos and/or information on this area that you are willing to share, please message us. BB ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful tulips blooming at Tuttle Cabin! You can tour inside during the Tulip Time Festival between 10-2. We do accept a free will donation for Historic Pella Trust Education and Preservation Projects. ... See MoreSee Less

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Historic Pella Trust wishes all of you a safe and happy Tulip Time! 1843 Tuttle Cabin, 608 Lincoln Street will be open from 10-2 May 2,3, & 4 The Tulips are beautiful!

Greetings From Iowa
Since 1935 the town of Pella has celebrated its Dutch heritage with an annual festival of food, music, dancing and tulips.

Slip on your wooden shoes, it's PELLA TULIP TIME! #GreetingsFromIowa
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