Our Communities

Britt - More than a century of small town living and friendly faces makes Britt, Iowa, a place to call home. Rich in history, Britt is home to the National Hobo Convention and Britt Draft Horse Show. Businesses and city officials invite you to stop, shop and live in Britt! Pop. 2,069.

Corwith – Corwith-Wesley High School is located here. Major employers include Hawkeye Pride, a large egg producer. Pop. 309.

Crystal Lake – A community located on its namesake lake with boating, fishing and related activities. Pop. 250

Forest City (partly in Hancock County and partly in Winnebago County) – Where Nature's Close and Friends are Closer". Founded in 1855, home of Winnebago Industries, Waldorf College, Heritage Park, and many recreational and educational opportunities.  Pop. 4,362

Garner – Whether you are looking for a new place to call home, a place to shop or a place to start a new business, Garner is the place for you. 12 miles west of Interstate 35 and the Avenue of the Saints. Garner is a progressive and successful community and prides itself on its safe & clean neighborhoods, low taxes, a quality school system, recreational opportunities and employment opportunities. Pop. 3,129

Goodell – Founded in 1854, Goodell is the Little Town with Friendly People. Pop. 139

Kanawha – Kanawha offers the best of home town traditions and modern comforts. Attractive neighborhoods for growing families with three parks, library, and community center to provide activities for the young and retired. Pop. 652

Klemme – Founded in 1889. It is part of the Belmond-Klemme School system. Pop. 507

Woden – Founded in 1898. The railway was an important part of its early history. Pop. 229


Garner Inn & Suites 785 Hwy 18 W, Garner 

Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Hunting in Hancock County: You will find many opportunities for hunting in Hancock County.  There are plentiful deer, as well as pheasants, ducks and turkeys.  You can make arragnements for hunting on private grounds or you can click on this link to learn more about wildlife habitats in Iowa and Hancock County:

Map of County Parks, Trails and Shelters »

Crystal Lake 
Crystal Lake Park 
1045 320th St 
Phone: 641-923-2720
Hours: April 15-Oct 15 
Type: County 
Total Sites: 95 
Sites w/Electricity: 60 
Lake (acres): 144 
Cabins: 3

Forest City 
Pilot Knob State Park 
2148 340th St 
Phone: 641-581-4835
Web Site: 
Hours: Apr 15-Oct 15 
Type: State 
Total acres: 528
Total Sites: 59 
Sites w/Electricity: 47 
Lake (acres): 15

Eldred-Sherwood Rec Area 
3 mi E on B63 
1 mile N on R66 
Phone: 641-923-2720
Hours: Apr 15-Oct15 
Type: County 
Total Sites: 40 
Sites w/Electricity: 40 
Lake (acres): 100


Hancock County Area Attractions


Armstrong House Museum
266 2nd St SE
Britt, Iowa 
Phone: 641-843-3282 
Hours: May-Sept 1st & 3rd Sat and 2nd & 4th Sun or by appt. 

Queen Anne home circa 1896 includes two three-story high corner towers, multiple upper-story balconies, and wrap-around porch. Home of Hancock County Historical Society.

George E. Stubbins House
248 1st Ave SW
Britt, Iowa 
Phone: 641-843-3647 
Hours: By appt 

Queen Anne Victorian Home with Gothic influences, built in 1886. Large central foyer, keyhole balustrade, open bridal staircase.

Hancock County Agriculture Museum and Pioneer Village
Hancock County Fairgrounds
Britt, Iowa 
Phone: 641-843-4362 
Hours: Tours by appointment. Also open during Hancock County Fair, Britt Hobo Convention, and Draft Horse Show. 

Collection of restored farm machinery, tools and related items used in farming during the 1800's and early 1900's.

Hobo Museum
51 Main Ave S
Britt, Iowa 
Phone: 641-843-3867 
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am to noon 

Hobo history, pictures, artifacts, musical instruments and other items depicting Hobo history and the National Hobo Convention which has been held since 1900. Museum is located in the former Chief Theater.

Forest City

Heritage Park Of North Iowa
Hwy 69 & B14
Forest City, Iowa 
Phone: 641-585-4332 or 641-797-2697 
Web Site: 
Hours: By appt. 

Covering 90 acres, the Heritage Park of North Iowa contains collections from Holton Farm Museum, Timberland Museum and many other items and buildings from the North Iowa area.

The Mansion Museum
336 Clark St N
Forest City, Iowa 
Phone: 641-585-3610 
Hours: Summer Sun 1-5 pm or by appt 

Restored historic mansion containing Ida Fuller (dancer) collection, large collection of Indian artifacts, library of books and other material on North Central Iowa.

Winnebago County Veteran Monument
126 South Clark Street - Courthouse Square
Forest City, Iowa 
Phone: 641-585-5736 
Hours: Outdoors 

Lists over 2,450 names of Winnebago County veterans living and deceased from the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI and WWII through the Gulf War. All county KIA, POW and Purple Heart Veterans are listed by wwar creating a historical document.

Winnebago Industries Visitor Center & Factory Tours
Hwy 69 & 4th Street
Forest City, Iowa 
Phone: 641-585-6936 
Hours: Visitor Center open 8 am-4 pm Monday-Friday Mid March-Mid December Tours at 9 & 1 April 1-October and at 1 November-Mid December 

Tour 60-acre Winnebago Industries plant and see motor homes being built. All ages welcome on free tour that begins at visitors center.


Hancock County Courthouse
855 State St
Garner, Iowa 
Phone: 641-923-3163 
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-4 

Built in 1899 with donations from local people. Make a wish at the restored, original fountain. Reproduced murals can be viewed in the courtroom when court is not in session. View Hancock County mural in Board of Supervisors room.


Liberty School Museum
West 7th St
Kanawha, Iowa 
Phone: 641-762-3632 
Hours: Mem Day & Labor Day weekend 11-4 and by appt 

Furnished one room country school complete with desks. Dedicated as a tribute to the rural school teachers of Iowa.


Hancock County – Hancock County is a located in the Northcentral area of the State of Iowa. Its county seat is Garner. The county is named in honor of John Hancock, a leader of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. It is located about 2 hours south of Minneapolis and 2 hours north of Des Moines. Pop. 11,341.

Why you will want to live and work in Hancock County.
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