Heritage Village Attractions
1. Blacksmith Shop: Welding shop in Ireton until the late 1980s. Now a fully functioning blacksmith shop. Moved to Heritage Village in 1989.
2. Brooder Coop: Donated in 1991 by Charles Klein. Brooder coops were used to raise chicks. Was used as the centennial information booth. Now has a permanent home in the village.
3. Chicken Coop: Similar to coops used from the 1930s until the 1960s on local farms. The coop was built by FFA students in 1990.
4. Church: Replica built in 1996 of the original first church built in Sioux Center in 1877. Church members arrived in wagons and used their wagon seats as pews.
5. Doc’s Cafe: One of the oldest buildings in Sioux Center. Doc's Cafe was moved from the Sioux Center “old town” to the area platted as North Sioux Center. It was moved to Heritage Village in 1991 from the area that is now Sioux Center's Centre Mall. (Note: Due to structural problems demolished in 2018. Contents preserved. Hope to rebuild soon.)
6. Gas Station: Originally located in Paullina, Iowa. Donated and moved to the village in 1990. Sioux Center Cooperative Gas & Oil has donated a number of the items displayed at the gas station.
7. Electric Generator: Used to produce electricity for the City of Sioux Center and later as a backup generator when electricity was supplied to the city from Missouri River dams or coal electric generation plants in Wyoming. Moved to Heritage Village in 2005.
8. Gerritsma Sawmill: Donated by the Gerritsma family in 2003 after Earnest Gerritsma died. The sawmill is in operation during the Harvest Festival. Lumber from local sawmills provided wood for early pioneer families.
9. Granary: Old farmsteads usually included a granary used to store harvested grain. Modern farmsteads no longer have granaries. Granary was moved to Heritage Village in 1994.
10. Klein House: Donated by Dennis Vande Berg in 1988. Originally located where Furniture Mart is now located. The house was damaged by fire in 2015. Rebuilt house opened to public in 2017. Klein house gives visitors insight into how early residents of Sioux Center lived.
11. Kuhl House: Donated by Dordt College in 2017. Built in early 1900s on the Kuhl homestead occupied by the Kuhl family for more than a 100 years. Has been renovated as a year climate-controlled building. Will be available for use by the community for various functions.
12. Louie’s Leather Shop: Showcases equipment and tools which would be included in a leather repair shop. Shoe and harness making and repair of shoes were part of Louie’s Leather store located in downtown Sioux Center. Equipment was donated in 2001 by Marv Boone, the last proprietor of this store until his retirement.
13. Machine Shed: Completed in 2009 after a donation from the Chris and Dorothy Wynja family. Presently used as a storage and display area for antique equipment and also equipment used during the Harvest Festival.
14. Mutual Telephone Building: Includes an old wooden phone booth from the downtown area, switchboard where calls were handled, numerous styles of phones, and glass telephone insulator collection. Much of the equipment was donated in 2008 by Mutual Telephone (now Premier Communications). Includes a collection of Sioux Center Municipal Utilities' annual gifts to customers.
15. Noble Barn: Reconstructed “peg barn” originally located by Rock Valley, Iowa. The large timbers are held in place by wood pegs rather than nails. In 2000, the Noble Family donated the barn frame which was taken down by volunteers. Pieces were numbered so barn frame could be reconstructed at the village.
16. One-Room Country School House: Capel #5, the center school of the township, was built in the summer of 1928 in the Middleburg area. The building was used as a school until 1959, and later was used as the township hall. The school house was one of the first buildings to be moved in 1989 to the village. Represents the numerous one room country schools that existed in the county until the 1950s.
17. Roelofs General Store: Roelofs has been a business in Sioux Center for many years. The Roelofs Family donated in 2011 store fixtures and has been involved in the store which has an early 19th century general theme. Many items in the store were donated by the community. General stores were an integral part of the early history of the town.
18. Sod Hut: Sioux Center is one of the few areas in the State of Iowa where the original settlers lived in sod huts. The sod hut located at the village was built in 1991 prior to the centennial. The sod hut was rebuilt in 1993 and is a highlight for hundreds of school children that attend the Harvest Festival every year. Local area boys of the Calvinist Cadet Corp were involved in the construction.
19. Vreeman Barn: This barn was donated by Larry Reimersma in 1988 after being used for many years as a residential garage. Is an example of a hip roof barn. Used for various exhibits during the Sioux County Youth Fair and Harvest Festival.
Additional Heritage Village Attractions
1. Veteran’s Memorial: There is a memorial to all of the veterans of the various military services located near the flagpole East of Doc’s Cafe.
2. Antique machinery: During the festival there are many displays of antique machinery. Antique machinery is operated during the festival by volunteers including those that are part of the Threshers Association.
3. Village windmill: Windmills were often the only source for power for the early farmsteads. The windmills were used to pump and supply water to the farmsteads. The windmill was donated by Ralph Vande Berg.
4. Sorghum press: The village has a sorghum press donated by Bud Vogelzang. Sorghum is raised and the press is operational during the Harvest Festival. Processed sorghum has been available to taste at the Harvest Festival.
5. Maple trees: Maple trees located in the Heritage Village tree walk and in other places in Sioux Center have been tapped by Evan De Groot. He has also processed the sap. Maple syrup has been available to the community including visitors to our Heritage Festival.