St. Louis Trip, Day 1 - Friday, July 24, 2015
On our way through southern Iowa, we stopped in Eldon at the American Gothic House, made famous by artist Grant Wood. American Gothic is a 1930 oil painting of a farmer and his daughter. Wood's models were his sister, Nan Wood Graham, and his dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby.
The house still stands in its original location; a pathway lined with beautiful wildflowers leads to it. A welcome center is nearby, filled with information about the house, the painting, and the artist. Many parodies of American Gothic are displayed. We saw humorous parodies, political parodies, quilted parodies, and even a parody made of rebar.
A rack of outfits and a supply of pitchforks is handy. Workers at the welcome center helped us tie the aprons on over our clothes. Then one of the ladies kindly showed us where to stand for pictures and took a few photos for us. Tourists can buy souvenirs at the gift shop or give freewill offerings, but there is no admission fee or charge of any kind.
The American Gothic House is neat to see. If you're ever in the area, it will be well worth your time to pay a visit.
"God made the country, and man made the town." --William Cowper, The Task