The Allee Mansion, located at the Iowa State University Research Farm near Newell, is an 1891 Queen Anne home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has been restored to its Victorian splendor.
It serves as a museum highlighting the work and passions of George Allee. One of the early developers of inbred corn (the forerunner of commercial hybrid corn), Allee was instrumental in perfecting the yield test for small grain that is now used throughout the world.
A tidbit about George Allee found in the museum that I chuckle over: He was a classmate of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Harvard, and when FDR was elected President, he invited his classmates to the inauguration. George declined the invitation because he didn’t smoke or drink. And besides, he wasn’t a Democrat!
Another exhibit at the Allee Mansion comes from hometown boy Keith Carter. Keith worked in the oil industry in the Middle East and traveled to 120 countries, collecting Middle Eastern coffeepots, artwork, and textiles. He left about 600 pieces of his collection to the community when he passed away.
This content previously appeared in the popular “Road Trip” series in Our Iowa Magazine. Learn more about the publication at www.OurIowaMagazine.com.