American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa

Grant Wood’s famous painting “American Gothic” depicts a farmer and his daughter standing side by side in front of a farm house. The painting is oft reproduced, copied, and parodied and has inspired several roadside attractions. There is the American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa. There is Seward Johnson’s giant touring sculpture, “God Bless America.” And there’s this, the American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa

You can find a replica of Wood’s iconic image painted on a barn on a private farm off of U.S. Route 30 in Iowa. The barn’s owner commissioned local middle school art teacher Mark Benesh to adorn the space with the recreation.

Please note that this barn is actually on private property so you may or may not be welcome. And, if you do pull over be respectful of the space, hours, and noise.

American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa
American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa
American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa
American Gothic Barn in Mount Vernon, Iowa

Looking for more of the best Iowa roadside attractions? Stop at the National Farm Toy Museum, Field of Dreams Movie Site, and Happy Chef Umpire.


American Gothic Barn

Address: 1278 US-30, Mount Vernon, IA


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VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!