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“Ushers Ferry; where fond memories are created . . .”

Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Ranked #19 of 50 things to do in Cedar Rapids
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Ushers Ferry is open to the public for touring June-August, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.M. - 3:30 P.M. Call for more information on off-season hours and availability. Ushers Ferry Historic Village provides the citizens of Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with a venue for family friendly activities, events and programs that build community from the historical perspective of a small Iowa town at the turn of the 20th century. Located on a ten acre site in beautiful Seminole Valley Park, Ushers Ferry features 20 historic buildings that depict life in a small Iowa town between the years of 1890 and 1910. The village features approximately 20 historic buildings, a picnic pavilion, bandstand, and a Lodge banquet facility capable of seating up to 300 persons at tables and chairs. The village offers school tours, special events and educational programs throughout the year and is available for weddings and corporate or private party rentals.
Reviewed 26 December 2012

For many years I have donated my personal time to assisting at Ushers Ferry and have thoroughly enjoyed this investment of love. From painting historical buildings, to leading the singing of carols in the church at Christmas time, to reading children's stories in the sweltering heat of summer donned in chain mail and tunic, I wish to thank the Ushers Ferry staff for allowing me to share a part of history with others. While times have changed and my personal association with this venue has also undergone transformation, the quaint buildings and historical value of this little village remain the same.

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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This little historic village is a collection of houses from yesterday - the volunteers are informative and connect the visitor to a past era. It's a bit of a chore to locate, though.

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Reviewed 27 September 2012

We went here for the candlelight walk in the fall of 2011. Ushers Ferry is not what it used to be before the flood of 2008, however that being said, they have really done a good job of restoring some of the original buildings that weren't carried away in the flood waters. Most of the trinkets and such were also destroyed in the flood, but seems they have found more to replace the originals by donations and collections.

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Reviewed 12 June 2012

enjoyed taken the kids to the Holloween stuff they had

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Reviewed 10 January 2012

The volunteers and donors that work at this location take great pride in this village. We have spent many hours at this location.

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