Tuttle Learning Walk

The walk creates an entertaining way for our children, adults and visitors to learn about Pella’s history and heritage through signage and plantings. It provides a lasting tribute to the devoutness; courage and industriousness of our Dutch ancestors. We anticipate that it will become a high-interest tourist attraction! 

Visitors will learn about the 1843 homestead of Thomas and Nancy Tuttle and the role Rev. Moses J. Post had in helping the Dutch to acquire local the homesteads in 1847. They will gain insight on what motivated the Dutch to leave the Netherlands under the leadership of H. P. Scholte and why that still has an impact on our present-day culture.   As the walkway nears Sunken Garden Park, the signage will share about the cooling pond for Pella’s first electric plant and  the location for the first tulip festival. The signs will include QR codes to scan for more history and photos. The City of Pella parks department will maintain the walk that will feature a variety of heritage perennials wildflowers, native grasses and bushes along with several limestone outcroppings representing the literal foundations of our town. Limestone outcroppings and retaining walls will represent the literal foundations of our town. 

  • The land before the Dutch
  • Why the Dutch left their homeland
  • A nod to the Baptists
  • The early years
  • Pella and the Civil War
  • Tulip Time and Sunken Garden
  • Dutch influence on today’s Pella 

Contact Information

Pella, IA 50219
(641) 628-2935

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