Welcome to the Friends of Ushers Ferry

A growing group of individuals dedicated to the preservation and growth of Ushers Ferry Historical Village.




Help us re-open the Snoble House this summer. This great historic home was flooded in June 2008 and we're asking for your help to get it reopened and serving the people of Cedar Rapids in 2013.  For more information, visit our Snoble project page.



The village, part of the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, preserves the history of early Cedar Rapids in the early 1900s while providing an enjoyable, quiet and relaxed atmosphere for historical renactments and interpretations as well as several other events, such as musical concerts, kids celebrations and private parties. Click here to visit the Ushers Ferry Village site. 


The Friends of Ushers Ferry is a separate 501 (c) (3) organization, operated by a private board that is working to grow interest and financial support so future generations of eastern Iowans can come to enjoy the village.



Our Mission:

To develop and implement plans to attract resources, including financial and volunteer support, to sustain and expand Ushers Ferry Historic Village as a regional attraction.


Our History: 

Friends of Ushers Ferry was conceived in 2007, but did not become fully functional until after the flood of 2008 which destroyed most of the 30+ buildings at the Ushers Ferry Historic Village site.  Anticipating recovery and funding of recovery would be slow, FOUF began activities to acquire 501 (c) (3) status with a three-member board.  Our 501 (c) (3) status was obtained in May, 2009 and the current all-volunteer board began regular meetings in October, 2009.