Clark Blacksmith Shop

The only reproduction building on the site, the blacksmith shop was built in 1992-1993 and named after long-time smith Walter Clark of Rose Hill. Blacksmiths were essential craftsmen for pioneer communities. Although they are best known for making horse shoes, blacksmiths also made and repaired cookware, hardware, wheels, nails, and other items for the home and farm. Farriers were specialized blacksmiths who specialized in horse and ox shoes, but Clark was a general blacksmith who practiced until the age of 93.

Our blacksmith shop is host to monthly “Hammer Ins” for the public to try their hand at the craft and often hosts demonstrations at special events.

A Note to Photographers

Please call our Director Margaret at 641-672-2989 or email her at to get permission to come take photographs of the property. This is not an open site and permission is necessary so we can let our property caretaker know.