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Springdale, Iowa
Methodist Church, Springdale
Methodist Church, Springdale
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Coordinates: 41°40′14″N 91°15′33″W / 41.67056°N 91.25917°W / 41.67056; -91.25917Coordinates: 41°40′14″N 91°15′33″W / 41.67056°N 91.25917°W / 41.67056; -91.25917
Country United States
State Iowa
County Cedar
Elevation
781 ft (238 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 319
GNIS feature ID 461914
The Maxson House, near Springdale - History of Iowa
William Maxson's house, ca. 1903, where abolitionist John Brown's accomplices lived and trained, 1857–1859.

Springdale is a small unincorporated community in Cedar County, Iowa, United States. Historically, the town was predominantly settled by Quakers, and was a way-station in the Underground Railroad. Its most famous residents were the militant abolitionist John Brown, who resided at John Hunt Painter's house near Springdale while making preparations for the raid on Harpers Ferry, and Edwin and Barclay Coppoc, local youths who participated with Brown during the raid. Springdale was also the birthplace of Lawrie Tatum, a frontier Indian agent and the legal guardian of future President Herbert Hoover. No downtown business district remains in Springdale, it is a cluster of houses with a United Methodist church. William Maxson's home, where Brown's men were quartered, was razed in 1938, but its location is marked by a plaque provided by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Although often described as Quaker, Maxson was raised in the faith but at the time of Brown's visit considered himself a follower of Spiritualism.

Historic residents

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