Greene County Attractions & Activities
Mahanay Bell Tower
This 14-story carillon tower provides a spectacular view of Jefferson and the surrounding countryside. Take a glass elevator ride to the 120-foot high observation deck which is both heated and air-conditioned. Cast bells (14 of them) chime the time of day and play bell concerts regularly. Tours are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day (11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) plus weekends in May, September & October. Call 515-386-2155 for appointments or to make arrangements for bus tours.
RVP-1875 Historical Furniture Shop
Robby Pedersen, Master Furniture Maker, builds period furniture using only the hand tools, techniques and finishes from that time period. Based in the year 1875, this living history museum displays more than 100 of Robby's show pieces as well as the largest collection of period hand tools anywhere. Tours, hands-on programs, weekend workshops and apprenticeships are all available. The workshop produces and sells tables, beds and trunks for those who wish to have furniture built to last for hundreds of years. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm or by appointment. For information call 515-975-3083 or visit www.RVP1875.com
This third generation apple orchard (open mid-July through Christmas) has 45 acres of trees with over 25 varieties of apples. Other fresh produce is available in season including cherries, tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins. Each year 25,000 to 30,000 gallons of fresh apple cider is processed. Celebrate the harvest on the second full weekend in October at the Annual Fall Festival. Located three miles west of Jefferson on E53 (old Lincoln Highway) and a quarter mile south on K Avenue. For information call 515-386-8279 or visit www.dealsorchard.com
Wild Rose Casino
Wild Rose Casino--Jefferson is Iowa's latest Gaming, Entertainmet, and Events venue. Gaming: Try your luck at one of our hot slots and exciting game tables; Dining: Enjoy a variety of options. Our specially designed menu features unique entrees as well as burgers, streaks, pizza, and more; Shop: Find an Iowa treasure in our Iowa store, full of local goods; Stay: Relax in one of our luxury hotel rooms during your visit. Call 515.386.3535 or visit www.staycobblestone.com
John 15 Vineyard Meeting & Retreat Center
Bring your reception, family gatherings, club meetings, business retreats and more to a peaceful country setting. Includes seating up to 100, full kitchen for your use, catering, audio/video system, outdoor play area and use of the Vineyard Pond. We are located 5 miles north of Scranton, just west off county road N65. John 15 Vineyard buildings and grounds are tobacco and alcohol free. Check us out at www.john15vineyard.com or call 712-652-3760 or 712-210-1001 for reservations.
Raccoon River Valley Trailhead
The 89 mile paved trail begins just outside downtown Jefferson, in Greene County and is used for biking, running, walking, inline skating and cross country skiing. The trail runs from Jefferson to Waukee, and is located just a few blocks from the downtown Mahanay Bell Tower, and a wide variety of dining options and lodging facilities.
Jefferson Trailhead Campground
The first campground located on the Raccoon River Valley Trail runs adjacent to the trailhead in Jefferson. The campground is conveniently located between the Greene County Fairgrounds and the restored Milwaukee Railroad Depot and just outside downtown Jefferson.
Jefferson Telecom Museum
One of the first telephone museums in the nation dedicated specifically to telephone preservation opened in Jefferson in 1957. The museum, housed at Jefferson Telecom's offices at 105 W. Harrison Street, is open for free tours Monday through Friday by appointment. Call 515-386-4141 for more information.
Milwaukee Railroad Depot
The depot is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. It serves as the trailhead for the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The restored depot houses tourist information, public restrooms, gardens and picnic tables. It has a kitchenette and can be rented for functions. Call 515-386-2155 for more information.
Greene County Courthouse
Built in 1917, the courthouse boasts a dome rotunda with a stained glass ceiling. Offices are accessed through archways of marble that frame murals depicting the "progress of civilization as recorded in Iowa." Call 515-386-2155 for information
Abraham Lincoln Statue
The 1918 bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln stands on the courthouse lawn as a monument to the historic Lincoln Highway (Old Highway 30). Lincoln Highway. Local citizens donated money to pave Lincoln Highway across Greene County. This was the first paved section of Highway in Iowa. Memorabilia is exhibited at the Milwaukee Railroad Depot and the Greene County Historical Museum.
Greene County Historical Museum
Houses items pertinent to Greene County's history, starting with the first settler in 1849. Admission is free. April–October, Wednesday 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. Other times by appointment. Located at 219 East Lincolnway, Jefferson. 515-386-8544
This early 1900's unique octagon-shaped building is the boyhood home of George Gallup, founder of the Gallup Poll. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored for uses, such as business or private retreats, educational meetings and seminars and private receptions. Located at 703 South Chestnut, Jefferson.
Scranton Water Tower
This 1897 all-steel elevated water tank landmark has a capacity of 48,000 gallons and stands 148 feet high. It is the oldest water tower still is service in Iowa and tied for ninth oldest in the U.S. For information call Scranton City Hall 712-652-3888
Barn Quilts of Greene County
Over 20 colorful and traditional quilt patterns - each painted on a wood frame over eight feet square- placed on barns, corncribs and other farm outbuildings around Greene County. For information call 515-386-2155
War Memorial Tank Located across from the Milwaukee Railroad Depot and the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead, this tank was donated by the Army as a memorial to all land wars. It was dedicated on Veteran's Day, November of 1998.
Greene County Community Center
The 28,000 square foot center offers over 100 organized recreational opportunities annually. The facility features a multi-purpose room and gymnasium, racquetball court, fitness center, suspended walking/jogging track, lockers, as well as meeting and activity rooms.
Golf Courses of Greene County
Greene County has three courses within a fifteen minute drive of downtown Jefferson plus a driving range at The Hill Golf Course. - Jefferson Community Golf Course, 515-386-4178 - The Hill Golf Course, 515-738-2633 - Lakeside Golf Course, 515-738-2403
Squirrel Hollow Campground and Horse Trails
The second oldest county park in Iowa and is listed on the National Register of Historic Parks. Focal point of the park is the rock built shelter house on a bluff overlooking the Raccoon River. Electrical sites are available and there is a specific area for horse trailer camping and horse trails. Located two miles east of Jefferson on County Road E53 (Lincoln Highway), five miles south on County Road P30 and one mile east on 283rd Street. Look for county park signs.
Spring Lake Campground
This county park hosts a spring fed 50-acre lake. Concessions include boat rental and indoor skating rink. Modern camping facilities include 126 electrical sites on the lakeshore, modern showers and restrooms, an open shelter and two enclosed shelter houses, along with a swimming beach surrounded by 120 wooded acres. Travel north of Highway 30 on County Road P33. Look for county park signs.
Dunbar Slough and Goose Lake
Located one mile south of Jefferson, The 39 acre park is south of Jefferson on Highway 4, directly on the Raccoon River. The park provides grills, picnic area, restrooms and tent camping.
A 57 acre park located six miles south of Scranton. The park is on the Raccoon River and has grills, play equipment, restrooms, sledding hill, shelter and tent camping with electrical sites. Community Pool 710 S Maple St., Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-9171 Spare Time Lanes & Lounge 118A S Chestnut St., Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-9119
Sierra Community Theatre
212 East State Street 515.386.3176 www.sierracommunitytheatre.org
Open nightly at 6:30, movie starts at 7:00 (Subject to Change). Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Come see all the current movies in 3D with 7.1 sound.