The Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House is located by Court Square Park.
The Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom house, was built in 1871 by Sandford Hooper, a Belle Plaine businessman. It was bought in 1886 by Samuel Bowler, a founder of the State Bank of Belle Plaine. Mr. Bowler added rooms and a two-story outhouse to accommodate his large family. The Alfred Hillstrom family moved into the house in 1901. Members of the Hillstrom family lived in the house until it was purchased in 1975 by the Belle Plaine Historical Society. The City of Belle Plaine now owns the house and grounds, and it is maintained by the Belle Plaine Historical Society. The house is well furnished in three periods-1850's and '60's, Victorian and early 1900's to depict what a house may have been like in the early periods of Belle Plaine. Also on the grounds is the Red Barn Museum with it's display of artifacts relating to Belle Plaine history.
The Belle Plaine Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will take place at Kingsway Retirement Living, 815 West Main Street, Belle Plaine. The purpose of this meeting is to recapitulate Society events of 2017, discuss Society goals for the upcoming year, as well as any other legitimate matters that may come before the membership at this meeting.
We are pleased that the Belle Plaine Historical Society is experiencing a renaissance with a growing membership and an increasing interest in the colorful history of our beautiful community. Volunteer opportunities for sharing the history of our area are increasing exponentially with the rise in our population and new venues, like the historical Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, make the future of the Society all the more exciting. Please join us for the annual meeting as we discuss and strategically plan for what is sure to be another exciting year for the Belle Plaine Historical Society.
The Belle Plaine Farmer’s Market is sponsored by the Belle Plaine Historical Society and occurs Wednesday afternoons from May through the second week in October at Court Square. Tours are available the second Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. during the months of May through September. Additional tours are available by appointment.
Contact the Belle Plaine Historical Society at 952-873-6109 for more information.
Link to Belle Plaine Historical Society page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belle-Plaine-Historical-Society/246639705353593