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.

Historic Pella Trust celebrates their 25th Anniversary October 2019

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

Tuttle Learning Walk

Please Contribute towards the Learning Walk Project scheduled to begin by March 2020

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!

Historic Pella Trust has partnered with the City of Pella to build an educational walkway between Tuttle Cabin and Sunken Garden Park. This project will create an entertaining way for our children, adults and visitors to learn about Pella’s history and heritage through signage and plantings. It will provide a lasting tribute to the devoutness; courage and industriousness of our Dutch ancestors. We anticipate that it will become a high-interest tourist attraction! 
Visitors will learn about the 1843 homestead of Thomas and Nancy Tuttle and the role Rev. Moses J. Post had in helping the Dutch to acquire local the homesteads in 1847. They will gain insight on what motivated the Dutch to leave the Netherlands under the leadership of H. P. Scholte and why that still has an impact on our present-day culture.   As the walkway nears Sunken Garden Park, the signage will share about the cooling pond for Pella’s first electric plant and  the location for the first tulip festival. The signs will include QR codes to scan for more history and photos. The City of Pella parks department will maintain the walk that will feature a variety of heritage perennials wildflowers, native grasses and bushes along with several limestone outcroppings representing the literal foundations of our town.

  Historic Pella Trust has agreed to provide 100% of the cost of Tuttle Learning Walk through local fundraising. We are half way to our goal of raising $195,000. We need your help to achieve this vision.

Historic Pella Trust has committed to raise 100% of the funds needed for the project so that no tax dollars will be involved.

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Learning Opportunity! Pella History and vintage handcrafts! Stop by Tuttle Cabin 10-7 today, Friday December 6th, or 10-2 on Saturday. Now is your chance to ask how-to questions and visit about the good old days. ... See MoreSee Less

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Please consider HPT during your year-end giving decisions. You can help bring our current projects to reality. We appreciate and need your financial support for Historic Pella Trust projects. Your contribution will help to build The Tuttle Learning Walk in the Spring of 2020; It will help to maintain historic properties under our care; it will go towards sharing our history to visitors and during school field trips and it will also help to replace the roof on our house project on Oskaloosa Street.

Your memberships and contributions have helped HPT to make a difference over the past 25 years.

Below is the video from the Historic Pella Trust Annual meeting and presentation by Dave Baker; "The Other Side of the Tracks" in case you missed it in our recent blog. It will serve as an introduction to some of our goals and achievements.

Each of you who enjoy our Facebook postings or appreciate seeing historic buildings protected by HPT can make a difference by showing your support with a donation towards our non-profit 501 C-3 organization. Even small contributions add up. Our address is Box 1, Pella, Iowa, 50219. You can also donate on our website:, or through Facebook. 100% of your donations will be used towards our projects.
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Dairy Queen has been an icon of South Pella since 1952. Elmer and Gerry Van Dusseldorp were neither the first nor the last owners, but they were among the best. This photo and ad picturing the Van Dusseldorp crew date to the early 1970s. What memories do you have of Dairy Queen? -BB ... See MoreSee Less

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Dr. Ron Rietveld tells about learning how to speak Dutch and growing up in Tuttle Cabin with his grandmother. Seeing this was a magical conversation after hearing him recite a Bible verse in Dutch, I decided to switch to video and catch just a moment of it. Ron tells that his parents did not know how much Dutch he had learned from his grandma, giving him an advantage to knowing what was being said at home. This December 5-7, 2019 will be our third Historic Pella Trust Christmas open house at Tuttle Cabin, we hope you can join us and enjoy watching craftwork and maybe hearing stories from Pella's past. ... See MoreSee Less

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Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go...Looking back at the Wabash bridge while it was being built between Pella and Harvey, just off of what is now Hwy. T17. Purchased in the 70's from the Wabash Railroad by Marion County for just a $ became known as the dollar bridge. Daily driven on a dusty gravel road by many factory workers, farmers and the school still stands today but it is no longer safe for travel and closed to walkers.

Thank you for following Historic Pella Trust and for your financial support to help us preserve our historic buildings before it is too late. We wish each one of you safe travels and a Blessed Thanksgiving.
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Marion County has a somewhat hidden treasure in Knoxville just off of W. Pleasant Street, behind the cemetery at 306 Willets Drive. It is the Marion County Historical Society Museum. A city block of historic buildings on the edge of Marion County Park. Today was their annual fund raiser, the festival of trees. It is a beautiful photography location, and a fun historic place to explore. ... See MoreSee Less

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