Settled in the early 1870s, Froelich, is home to the first gas traction engine that propelled itself backward and forward. John Froelich was the inventor of this tractor, the forerunner of the John Deere Tractor as we know it today.
John Froelich is listed in the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame. He is credited with having invented many things: a washing machine, dish washer and dryer, a mechanical corn picker, and the mounting of a gasoline engine on his well drilling outfit. It is this invention that led him to modify the gasoline engine for a tractor for threshing. John Froelich also invented the first air conditioner, which went on to become the Carrier Air Conditioning Company.
Come and explore all the history just waiting for you in Froelich, Iowa! From Memorial Day to our "Fall-der-all," you are invited to reminisce with friends and neighbors, as well as, discover the rich history here in the Froelich Village.
Open daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., except Wednesdays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Open weekends in September.