Abbie Gardner State Historic Site

74 Monument Dr.
Arnolds Park, IA 51331- Map It
Phone: (712) 332-7248

AAA Editor Notes

Abbie Gardner State Historic Site is .3 mi. w. of US 71 at 74 Monument Dr. In a winter clash over food, 33 settlers were killed here by Sioux (Dakota) Indians in 1857. Rowland Gardner and six members of his family died in the attack; 13-year-old Abbie was captured and ransomed. The Gardner cabin, the only surviving structure of the Spirit Lake Massacre, contains furnishings typical of pioneer life. On the grounds are a gravesite, a monument and an interpretive center.
Hours: Sun. and Tues.-Sat. noon-4, Memorial Day-Labor Day. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.