Historical Sites

Iowa’s Largest Historic Courthouse Square District

Includes 119 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Victorian and Italianate styles, a Civil War monument and a three-story courthouse with tile roof. This bustling district is lined with specialty shops, apparel retailers and restaurants.

The Shoppes at Bradley Hall

An exciting antique and specialty store. Located in one of Centerville’s finest early 1900’s mansions, Bradley Hall was once the home of a prominent Centerville family. Over the years, the home was used for various purposes. Restored to its original magnificence, Bradley Hall has room after room of unique collectibles, antiques clothing, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind products from local vendors and artisans. It’s not just shopping – it is an experience.

One of a Kind Tea Room

An elegant three-story Italianate house located one block west of the Square. This structure, built in 1867, is the second oldest surviving house in Centerville and has served as a peddlers’ hotel, funeral home, and now a bed and breakfast.

Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum

Located on West Maple in Centerville. This Georgian-styled former post office, built in 1903, now houses three levels of exhibits. Experience the diverse history of Appanoose County while you explore a pioneer farm and village replica, Indian artifacts, military displays, Appanoose County Extraordinary Individuals display, and a working replica of a coal mine which includes mining tools, photos, and videos of local mines.

The Rathbun Fish Hatchery

Rathbun Lake is Iowa’s largest warm water fish hatchery. The hatchery features an aquarium with native Iowa fish on display. Visitors can view the hatchery operations from an elevated walkway throughout the facility to see fish eggs in large cylinder incubators and the feeding of infant fish.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot

Located on Hwy 5 in southern Centerville, is a monument to the old railroad days. Built in 1910, the picturesque brick building was a busy railroad serving passengers and providing freight and baggage service to the surrounding area.

Historic Second Baptist Church

Located at 420 S. 18th St. in Centerville, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is where internationally renown opera singer Simon Estes sang as a child. The church is being developed into a Simon Estes historical exhibit slated to open in the fall of 2019.

Wabash Depot Museum

Located in Moravia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restored depot was used in the 1900s and houses railroad artifacts including an operational model train layout.

Drake Public Library

Located on Drake Ave. in Centerville. The library was dedicated in 1903 and was a gift from Centerville native, Governor Francis M. Drake. It features a restored stained-glass dome.

Old Jail & Sheriff’s Residence

Located on North Main St. in Centerville. Built in 1872, the residence is furnished with period articles. Visitors can also see an 1847 log cabin.

Little Flock Chapel

Located on Hwy 2 between Centerville and Corydon. Open to the public, the restored chapel is one of the smallest churches you will ever see.

Moulton Historical Society

Features Wabash Railroad memorabilia and a country schoolhouse.

Walnut City Church

Located ten miles north of Centerville. Established in 1858, the historical church was restored in 2009.

Iowa Mormon Trail

Interpretive panels mark the campsites and points of crossing that the Mormons traveled enroute to Utah. Ruts from the wagon caravans are still visible. Two crossings can be viewed on the Chariton River on the Pioneer Trail west of Moulton and on the Trace Trail at Rathbun Lake, 15 miles west of Moravia.

Appanoose County Courthouse

The cornerstone for the current courthouse was laid on May 21, 1903. It cost $90,600 to build and was designed by the architects Smith and Gage. The exterior walls are covered with Bedford stone veneer and the roof is all tile. The clock tower, which rises from the middle of the building, sets the building apart from all others. The courthouse is situated on a large town square and is the pride of Centerville and Appanoose County.

Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater is a historic theater and event venue. The beautiful theater, ballroom, and bar are perfect for weddings, business meetings, film screenings, and celebrations of all kinds! Visit www.thecontinental.info/majestic-theater-iowa.