A short walk from the German Hausbarn in Manning is the Leet/Hassler Farmstead, built in 1915 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This was no ordinary Spartan farmhouse. William Leet was a wealthy area landowner, while Frederick Hassler, who took over the farm’s operation, was a nationally recognized Poland China hog breeder. One of his prize-winning boars sold for $20,000— in 1920.
So they could afford “all the comforts of home” including detailed woodwork and tile around the living room fireplace. And not only did it have indoor plumbing—in the bathroom, there was a special showerhead so the family could wash their hair with rainwater drawn from the cistern!
The three-car carriage house and barn are just as fancy.
On a knoll overlooking the Hausbarn and farmstead is a country church that was originally built in 1913 on a site nine miles south of Manning. With the rural population dwindling, the congregation closed its doors in 2006 and offered the building to the community.
With its can-do spirit, the community raised $100,000 and moved the church—completely intact—to Heritage Park. There it’s a testimony to the area’s spiritual roots and is available for Christian weddings.
This content previously appeared in the popular “Road Trip” series in Our Iowa Magazine. Learn more about the publication at www.OurIowaMagazine.com.