Tour the historic house Kendall Young built for his wife Jane in 1873. Hear the story of Kendall Young, a Maine farm boy, soldier, sailor, fisherman, California Gold Rush ‘49er, and Iowa merchant, banker and farmer. His entire estate was left to the city of Webster City to build a public library which opened in 1905.
Jane Underdown came to Webster City from Maine to work with her brother at the Wilson House where she met Kendall. They were married in 1858. Jane’s health had a long-term impact on the childless couple.
Their home was moved in 1904 to make way for the construction of Kendall Young Library. It became the home of the Women’s Club in 1923 which has been responsible for its care for almost 100 years. When the library was to be expanded, the house was moved once more.
Docents will greet you and provide information about Kendall and Jane Young, their home, and its furnishings. A beautiful curved stairway leads to the second floor where vintage garments, accessories and furniture are on display in five rooms. The exhibits change periodically, so return to see what’s on display next!
The meeting room on the main floor is available for rent. It is the perfect venue for club and business meetings, receptions, showers, and similar social events.
Seating is available at round tables on padded folding chairs for up to 50 guests. Table linens, dinnerware, and serving pieces are available for your use. Use your device to present programs using our projector and screen. A complete kitchen is available and several local caterers can help with meals for your event. For more information on booking, call 515-835-9111.
The Jane Young House is handicap accessible with a ramp to access the main level and a chair lift to access the second floor.
A slide show of the Vintage Clothing Exhibit is available for visitors not wishing to climb the stairs.