Historic Gentle House has been in use, by the public and Western, as an event center since 1983. The Gentle Family loved to entertain; their house was donated to the WOU Foundation by Catharine Gentle after she passed away so that it could continue to be a link between the community and university.
Contact us today to make a reservation!
Sitting next to Gentle Acres, Century Farm, and surrounding Gentle House, the gardens are home to century old plants as well as trees that predate the house itself.
Upkeep of the gardens is made possible by Polk County Master Gardeners and Friends of Gentle House Volunteers.
Historic Gentle House was built around 1880 by the Butlers. It was sold to Thomas Gentle in 1914 and was lived in by Gentles until Catharine's death in 1983. Many of the furnishings and artifacts throughout the house were donated by members of the Gentle Family. The old house and museum are decorated in the style of the 1920's, the time when the majority of the family was living in the home.
Visit our open museum for more information and stories.
Gentle House's 4th Annual Wedding Open House
This year's Open House will be on April 17th from 1:00-4:00pm
Click here to learn more or to register for the Open House. Anyone that preregisters will automatically receive two hours free setup from Gentle House staff on the day of their event and will be entered to win one of ten $100 gift certificates that will be given away at the Open House. *Must attend the Open House to be eligible to win.
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This month book a spring tea party at Gentle House for just $250. Tea party is for 50 people or less and can be booked for any available date through May 31, 2016. This package retails at over $400 and includes: setup and clean up by our staff, 4 hours at Gentle House for your tea party and any setup/cleanup you do, dish settings, tea cups, courtesy table (includes tea!), table cloths and napkins of your color choice, and sandwich serving trays. Contact us today to schedule a free tour or to book your tea party!
*Sandwiches, and baked goods not included; we accept the use of all vendors and self-catering.