Tour the historic home of James Jordan, early pioneer and Conductor for the Underground Railroad!
As of August 6, 2021, masks for visitors and staff are required. Free masks will continue to be available.
Please plan on arriving at the Jordan House by 11:00am. The tour will begin at the top of the hour.
Learn about the Underground Railroad in Iowa, early history and life in West Des Moines during this self-guided tour of the home of James Jordan. You will see rooms decorated in period style and information on the fight for freedom in the journey taken by freedom seekers in the years before the Civil War. Included in your admission are 4 special exhibits:
West Des Moines at War: The contributions at home and abroad of Central Iowa's finest citizens, from the Spanish-American War to present day.
Profiles in Courage; Iowa Women & the Underground Railroad: Meet four amazing Iowa women who contributed to the fight for freedom.
Vandenburg Pharmacy: One of the longest running pharmacies in Central Iowa, the Vandenburg family's business served Valley Junction.