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Amana Arts Guild Center (High Amana, IA)

Once a church, the Amana Arts Guild preserves traditional art forms from the Iowa Colonies and passes techniques onto future generations

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Amana Furniture Shop

The Amana Furniture Shop occupies the former Calico Mill, which produced printed cloth for the national market

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Amana Hotel

The Amana Hotel was built in 1860 to accommodate visitors. It continues to accommodate visitors, but now as a restaurant

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Amana Society Bakery

Bakeries provided bread and other baked goods to the villages in Amana. Learn about the Amana Society Bakery and its role in the village

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Amana Woolen Mill

Construction of the Woolen Mill began in 1859 and it is still operating today. Their goods were known nationally

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Baeckerei Bed and Breakfast

The Backerei was one of South Amana's bakeries. It was converted into a bed and breakfast, which has since closed

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Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith shops were integral in these rural villages. Learn more about the role the blacksmith played in the community

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Community Church Museum

The Homestead Church was built in 1865 by the Community of True Inspiration. It is now a museum operated by the Amana Heritage Museum

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Communal Kitchen and Coopershop Museum

The Ruedy Kitchen House, next to the coopershop, was one of 50 kitchens that provided meals during the communal era of the Colonies

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Die Heimat Country Inn

Die Heimat Country Inn occupies the only existing building in Homestead that was constructed prior to the town's purchase by Inspirationists

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Drying House

The drying house was integral to preserving fruits and vegetables grown in nearby gardens

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Hahn's Hearth Oven Bakery

Bakeries provided bread and other baked goods to communal kitchens using traditionally German recipes. Learn about Hanh's in Amana

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High Amana Cemetery

Cemeteries are organized in such a way that denotes equality among members. Learn more by reading about the cemetery in High Amana

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High Amana Farm Complext

Each village in the Colonies contained a farm complex. Learn about the farm complex in High Amana

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High Amana Store

General stores provided necessities to the people in the Amana Colonies. Learn about one of these stores in High Amana

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Homestead Dwellings

These are the most common building type found in the Amana Colonies. Several original dwellings made mostly of brick remain today

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Homestead Meat Shop and Smokehouse

The Meat Shop and Smokehouse prepared meat for several kitchens in Homestead. Learn more about its role in the community

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Lily Lake

Lily Lake was formed when the Mill Race flooded a low area. It went on to play several important roles in the Colonies

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Lower South Hotel

The Lower South Hotel accommodated tourists flocking to the Amana Colonies. Learn about it here

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Mill Race

The Mill Race is a constructed, seven-mile-long canal. It originally provided power to the mills

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Museum of Amana History

The Museum occupies a former kitchen house, school, and woodshed. It traces the history and development of the Colonies

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Ox Yoke Inn

The Ox Yoke Inn occupies a former kitchen house, and currently operates as a restaurant

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Powder House

The Powder House was part of a pharmacy complex that produced powder additives for livestock

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Roger's Anvil/Industrial Machine Shop

Metal work was important to repair components of the mills and farm equipment. Learn about the shop in Amana

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Schulwalds are groves of trees planted by residents of Amana. Learn about their roles in the Colonies

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South Amana School

Schools in the Amana colonies provided for children from two to 14. In addition to general education, children would learn trades

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Taglöhner Houses

Taglöhners were hired to work in the Amana villages. While they lived alongside community members, they didn't officially join the Church

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The Barn Museum

The Barn Museum houses the largest collection of miniatures, made by Henry Moore. Learn about it here

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West Amana Barns

Farms complexes and barns played an important role in the Colonies. Learn more about the role the barns played in West Amana

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West Amana General Store

General stores provided goods for residents of the Amana villages. Learn about the general store in West Amana

Last updated: January 4, 2018