Amana Colonies America has always had a strong utopian streak, whose sweetest fruit is on display in eastern Iowa's gently rolling hills where you can find the seven communities that make up the Amana Colonies. The Amana Colonies made up a historic utopian society in Iowa's River Valley. Established shortly before the Civil War by German immigrants of the Community of True Inspiration sect, the colonies today are on the National Park Service National Register of Historic Places.
The Amana communities encompass 20,000 acres and 31 historic places. They were one of the world's longest active communal societies, lasting from 1855 to 1932. Hundreds of buildings were once part of the communities; almost 500 have survived, including the Ox Yoke Inn, the Colony Inn Restaurant, the Amana Woolen Mill, Roger's Anvil/Industrial Machine Shop Museum, the Amana Furniture Shop, and the striking Millstream Brewing Company.
Probably the best place for visitors to start, however, is the Museum of Amana History, which helps explain what the communities' religionists called "the Great Change" away from shared life. The Amana Church remains pivotal in the communities: Residents still attend services and live their lives infused by their faith.
Amana Colonies Information
Address: Amana Colonies Visitors Center
622 46th Ave
Telephone: 319/622-7622 800/579-2294
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