Ira Sturdevant House

Ira Sturdevant House


The historical Sturdevant House (1855-56) is looking for volunteers for Heritage Days Events Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21st at the house at 502 1st St. SW. Most activities start at 12 noon both days.

1. We are looking for tour guides to be at a station along 1st. St. SW to read a script of your historical area or site (all you have to do is greet people on the tour and read your script.
2. Cooks. To bake a pie or a pan of bars for our donation luncheon on Saturday, at the house.
3. Willing to donate supplies for said luncheon-sturdy paper plates and dessert plates, plastic forks, napkins.
4. For the Garden Tour and Garden Party on Sunday, donate flowers from your yard to be made into a bouquet or donate a bouquet to sell. We will give recognition to the buyer of who donated it unless you tell us otherwise.

5. Make treats for the Garden Party. Mini sandwiches (cucumber cream cheese, or any open face sandwich or dainty sweet treats.

6. Or maybe you would like to be a hostess either day and greet visitors or help sell historical items/food at the house.

7. Help with the food serving on either day, at the house.

Let me know or invite others to message me that you think would be willing to help. This weekend is one of the biggest fundraising events the Ira Sturdevant House Board has done to help pay for restoring one of the oldest houses in Waverly for example, the new roof that was put on last week.

We are a Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area site, that helps preserve historic agricultural landmarks. The SW Sturdevant Addition including the Ira Sturdevant House Site in Waverly was once a vital ag area and tells a story and is a history lesson of early settlers and their contributions to making Waverly what it is today.
Remember the Ira Sturdevant House when you shop on Amazon, as a percent of your purchase goes to fund the restoration of Waverly's oldest house. You must shop through this website, pick the charity-Ira Sturdevant House, as your charity. You can also add this specific site to your google toolbar.

The Ira & Asenath Sturdevant House: A Living History Project Built of brick in 1855-6, the Ira & Asenath Sturdevant house is the oldest surviving dwelling in Waverly, Iowa.

Sold outside the Sturdevant family after Ira’s widow, Asenath, died in 1867, descendants repurchased it at a sheriff’s sale on April 14, 2009, loaning the money to The Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance (now Preservation Iowa) who owned it until it created its own separate non-profit (501c3) organization.

Operating as usual 11/23/2019

This would be just awesome to do along 1st St. SW historic corridor in Waverly and in the Ira House neighborhood!!!


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Remember the Ira Sturdevant House when you shop on Amazon, as a percent of your purchase goes to fund the restoration of Waverly's oldest house. You must shop through this website, pick the charity-Ira Sturdevant House, as your charity. You can also add this specific site to your google toolbar.

[03/24/16]   Honoring a good man in Waverly, Iowa, who was the first in city government, along with then-Mayor Ike Ackerman, to respond to our first inquiries about whether the Ira Sturdevant House (oldest house in town) was in danger of demolition after the 2008 flood. Duane Liddle was also the one to come over when Rick Sturdevant was working alone in the house, to pick up a tool and help out. He had the vision of a historic district and soon it will come to fruition as the Sturdevant SW Historic District. We are sad to lose him as a member of our board, a man dedicated to preserving historic Waverly and to maintaining a citizen's voice in government. 06/19/2015

Sturdevant House at center of proposed new historic district in Our Town: Waverly | KCRG-TV9 |...

Here is a nice story from the "Our Town" series on KCRG (Cedar Rapids) that appeared last night! Click on the picture as a link to the video. Thanks to Board members Kris Brunkhorst and Terry Lindell, and Eagle Scout Zach Brunkhorst for hosting the crew. WAVERLY — The oldest house in Our Town is like a giant puzzle: taking down one piece of dry wall exposes original brick from more than 150 years ago.




502 1st St SW
Waverly, IA

General information

The Ira & Asenath Sturdevant House is a non-profit project of Preservation Iowa. Donations are tax deductible. Board of Directors Ike Ackerman Kris Brunkhorst Elizabeth & Rick Hartman Teri Heimann Duane Liddle Terry Lindell Doug Lovejoy Barb Lovejoy-Hess Mary Meyer Kathy & Rick Sturdevant The project’s goal is to restore the oldest house in Waverly to create a living history site that illustrates the lives of 1850s Cedar River settlers and their Native American neighbors. Make checks payable to: Preservation Iowa with “Ira Sturdevant House Fund” in the memo line or cover letter. Mail to: Ira Sturdevant House; Preservation Iowa; P.O. Box 814; Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641.
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