Mount Pleasant and Henry County boast some of the most historic sites in Iowa. The community's attractions, museums and events make it a true destination for travelers from across the world!
Thousands of visitors flock to Mount Pleasant for the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, held annually for five days ending on Labor Day. This event celebrates Midwestern rural heritage through an array of exhibits, demonstrations, live entertainment, children's activities, train and trolley rides, craft and antique vendors, and home-cooked foods and snacks. You won't want to miss this exciting family event!
Midwest Haunted Rails, held during several weekends in October each year, offers ghostly rides on a steam-powered train and trolley, a haunted house, children's activities, and a wide variety of foods and snacks. This event is perfect for all ages!
North Pole Express, held during several weekends in December each year, brings the classic children's story book, The Polar Express, to life. Take a magical train ride to the North Pole for activities, cookies and cocoa, and a visit with Santa. A perfect family event for the holiday season! Tickets are limited and sell quickly, so plan to make your reservations during the first week of November.
Downtown Mount Pleasant
Stop by Mount Pleasant's historic downtown for a unique shopping and dining experience. In the heart of our downtown, Central Park is the location of choice for many events including Rock Around the Block (June and July), The Great Gobble (June), and Crafts in the Park (August).
PEO Sisterhood, a national organization founded by P.E.O. (philanthropic educational organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Special PEO Birthplace tours are available by appointment through Iowa Wesleyan College.
Located on the Midwest Old Threshers campus, this museum offers exhibits on electricity, water, farm implements and stationary steam engines. It is also home to the Bussey Doll Collection with over 150 historic dolls displayed and the Printers Hall, an exhibit that follows an historic timeline of printing from the first time the first settlers crossed the Mississippi.
Stop by this classic museum to view a unique collection of memorabilia from the days of early American popular entertainment.
The Harlan-Lincoln House was built in 1876 by U.S. Senator James Harlan. Harlan's daughter, Mary, married Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln. The Lincolns brought their three children to spend summers here in the late 1870's and 1880's. The house tells the story of the 50-year relationship between a prominent American family and this small Iowa college and community. Tours of the home can be scheduled through Iowa Wesleyan College.
Other area attractions
Howard & Helen Hills Henry Country Heritage Center
203 North White Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
213 West Main Street
New London, IA 52645
Wayland, IA 52654
319.256.2511 or 319.256.2482
Swedish American Museum
107 James Avenue
Swedesburg, IA 52652
319.254.2317 or 319.254.2594
Lewelling Quaker Museum
401 South Main Street
Salem, Iowa 52649
114 South Locust Street
Winfield, IA 52659