Only 3 weekends left this summer. July 13, August 3 and 31. Reserve on Airbnb.
Reserve a room in our 1865 store completely remodeled and located in the Strawtown historic district of Pella only a few blocks from downtown.
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Before Pella was 10 years old, Adrianus Jan Cornelis ten Hagen and his wife Charlotte built the home, either in 1856 or 1857. The home was constructed from native lumber, flooring was built from planks measuring up to 20” wide, the wood siding was walnut, and some of the floor joists (logs) still have bark on them.
In time, Mr. ten Hagen passed away, but Charlotte continued to live in the home until she sold the property in 1876 to Garret and Catharina Stegeman. Garret, then 49, proceeded to build additions to the west and north, more than doubling the size of the house. With the added space he turned the southeast room of the home into a store. Little is known about the store, but it is said to have operated for several years. Mr. Stegeman passed in 1887 after a two-year battle with throat cancer, but Catherina continued to live in the home until her death in 1903. Following her death the home had several different occupants.
The Van Der Veer family made this their home for the next 62 years. According to records, Clarence frequently advertised items for sale:
Clarence worked 29 years at Rolscreen Company, retiring in 1972 and passing away in 1985. Mabel had worked at the Frundt Seed Cord Company, the Pella Canning Factory and Central Park Café.
Mabel lived in the home until 2002 when she moved into a care facility and passed away at 2003.
The property went into limbo for several years after Mabel’s death ultimately slated for demolition. The Historic Pella Trust inquired and was told the home could be theirs but only if they could come up with $100,000 in one week! The bulldozer was literally standing by.
Scrambling, the trust received a generous donation for half and a loan for the remaining half.
The Trust engaged Iowa historian Will Page to add the property to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. During this time Wayne Stienstra and Ed Sprague spent many hours removing and installing new rafters; fascia and soffits; installing new cedar shake shingles; returning the rear of the structure to its original configuration; removing and reconstructing a side porch; and having a rock foundation placed under the 1876 addition.
In 2017, the Trust voted to sell the property to Mary to complete the project. We are excited to officially open as an AirBnB a year later in September of 2018.