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

Planning a visit? Please Email Historic Pella Trust  

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In the News and Events

25th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting 1994-2019

Thursday October 10, 6:30 pm, at the Pella Opera House
Freewill donation appreciated towards building the Tuttle Learning Walk 

Please join us for our yearly business review, homeowner and landmark awards, our 2020 Tulip Time entry reveal and exploring South Pella with Dave Baker. 

Enjoy anniversary cake, hors d oeuvres and a cash bar while looking at historic displays before the meeting and program. 


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.

Historic Rock House for sale

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. Listed through Home Realty. This home would make a lovely airbnb. It is located on the bike path and close to Central College. The rock house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is eligible for tax credits and historic building grants. 



Dutch Language Class with Carol Hoeksema

Starting September 24, ending October 31

 Advanced class on Tuesdays, at 530pm and 7pm

Beginners classes on Thursday from 130 to 3 and 7 to 830

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An interesting way to walk down memory lane in Marion County...September 12th come join us for the Rural History Buffs Tour! ... See MoreSee Less

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It is true, Historic Pella Trust is offering this historic landmark up for sale...JUST LISTED! 1401 University St.
Charming Pella historic stone cottage located right on the Volksweg bike path.
Call Mary Van Wyk, Agent at 641-780-1466

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Tulip Time 198? ... See MoreSee Less

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Pella Bootery entry with Ann Summitt and John Wehde in the Tulip Time parade ... See MoreSee Less

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Mrs. M. Thomassen's Millinery Emporium, approx. 1901 Pella, Iowa ... See MoreSee Less

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80 years ago! Pella High Class of 1939 ... See MoreSee Less

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Charles McClatchey owned the entire block (8 lots) in northeast Pella, bounded between Lincoln and Columbus streets and East 2nd and East 3rd streets. He constructed a large two and a half story house and this barn in the late 1850's along with several other buildings that covered most of the block. McClatchey started the first steam-powered woolen mill in central Iowa, later moving it to Knoxville. Charles and Cassia McClatchey had three girls but Cassia died in 1866, when the oldest daughter was just four years old. ... See MoreSee Less

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A historic home with "good bones" is never too far gone to be restored. Looking into our archives at this historic landmark preserved by Bob Klein. Many historic homes in Pella are in danger of demolition because the potential isn't recognized. I vote to keep strong historic homes out of the landfills! ... See MoreSee Less

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