Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin

    Visiting Information

    • 74 Monument Dr.
      Arnolds Park, IA 51331

    • Memorial Day – Labor Day
      Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 4:00 p.m.
      Closed Monday

      Labor Day – Memorial Day

    • Free admission. Group tours welcome.
      Please schedule in advance with:
      Dickinson County Conservation Board
      2279 170th St.
      Okoboji, IA 51355
      (712) 336-6352

    In 1857, amidst rising tensions between Native Americans and new settlers, 13-year-old Abbie Gardner’s family was killed by men of the Dakota Indian nation. This tragedy became known as the Spirit Lake Massacre.  Young Abbie was taken hostage by the Dakota band and released 84 days later. Decades after the massacre, in 1891, Abbie returned to Arnolds Park and purchased the cabin, operating it as one of Iowa’s earliest tourist attractions.