If appearance means anything at the 1848 Scholte Home and Gardens, Pella has a great historical society at its helm. The home, its tulip-packed gardens and original furnishings are meticulously maintained, in excellent shape and worth exploring.
The experience enlightens visitors about the life of Pella founder, Dominie Scholte, who built the home in Dutch style to please his wife and alleviate her homesickness for the old country. Guides share stories about Scholte’s family and his many contributions to the town’s development then turn guests loose to tour the two-story home at their own pace. Highlights include a gold chest made by a Dutch blacksmith, delft china, and a shawl Scholte wore to the inauguration of President Lincoln.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students. The ground floor is handicapped accessible; those who choose not to climb the stairs to the second floor can watch a video instead. Combination tickets for the Windmill, Historical Village and Scholte House are available for $11, a savings of a couple bucks.