Franklin County Veterans Affairs Commission
Serving Those Who Served
G.A.R. Memorial Hall
Nearly twenty years after the Civil War had come to an end, the people of Franklin County were intent on building a memorial honoring the Union war heroes.
The Iowa General Assembly had voted to allow each county to levy a tax, not to exceed $3,000, for a memorial or a building. The people of Franklin County decided they wanted a building. The City of Hampton provided the site and, with the addition of private contributions, the Franklin County Soldiers Memorial Hall was completed in 1890.
The building is a unique, octagon-shaped structure in the Gothic Revival style. It houses ten marble tablets with the names of Franklin County Civil War soldiers engraved on them. The seven arched, stained glass windows each have a different motif, incorporating Civil War themes relating to weaponry and the soldiers' gear that were used in the war. The Union Soldier on Guard statue atop of the building is made of white zinc and it was purchased for $170 from the Graves Registration Bureau in Washington, D.C.
The G.A.R. Memorial Hall is the only building built to honor Civil War soldiers west of the Mississippi River. G.A.R. stands for the Gra
The G.A.R. building is open by appointment only. To arrange a visit, please contact the Franklin County Veterans Affairs Office between 8:00am and noon, Monday through Friday, at 641-456-5670. You may also leave a message with the Franklin County Courthouse at 641-456-5620.
Franklin County Courthouse
12 - 1st Ave. NW
PO Box 432
Hampton, Iowa 50441
8:00am - 12:00pm
Monday - Friday