Abbie Gardner

Cabin & Museum

74 Monument Drive, Arnolds Park

The Dickinson County Conservation Board staffs the Abbie Gardner Cabin and State Historic Site in an agreement with the Iowa State Historical Society.

The Abbie Gardner Cabin & Museum tells the story of the Spirit Lake Massacre and of 13-year-old Abbie Gardner, whose family was killed during the 1857 violence and who was taken captive by Inkpaduta's Native American band. See the original cabin on the property as well as a monument in remembrance of the deceased settlers.

Antique postcards


The Abbie Gardner Cabin & Museum is open noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday Memorial Day to Labor Day.


School programs may be arranged prior to and following the regular season by contacting our environmental education coordinator via the form below or at 712-336-6352.

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