Vote for United Way Awards through March 9

Brucemore Volunteers Nominated

February 26th, 2020

Vote for United Way Awards through March 9

Volunteers play a critical role in telling the story of Brucemore and providing engaging guest experiences on the historic 26-acre estate. Brucemore has more than 200 volunteers who contribute more than 2,500 hours annually.

Each year, United Way of East Central Iowa provides local organizations an opportunity to recognize their volunteers through our annual Volunteer Awards. This year, two Brucemore volunteers – Tom Peffer and Carroll Reasoner – have been nominated for a Community Family Volunteer Award and need your vote.

The Community Family Volunteer Award “honors a ‘family,’ however you define it, that has made volunteerism a core value and contributes significant time to help community-based organizations.”


Tom Peffer served on the Brucemore’s Board of Trustees for 10 years and, together with his wife Carroll, helped build a culture of giving at that extends into the community. Over the last few years, they shared Brucemore’s fundraising need with thousands of community members through letters, receptions, social media, video, handwritten notes, and more. They hosted events, made countless phone calls, brought friends and colleagues to the site, and as a result helped raise, at current count, over $3.6 million for the Pride & Preservation campaign.

These efforts have allowed the organization to conduct major preservation work on the 1886 mansion at the heart of the estate and to invest in enhancements and upgrades to the electrical infrastructure across the estate. These projects will help ensure Brucemore continues to serve the community as a living landmark for future generations.

Together, Tom and Carrol volunteered for more than 100 hours for Brucemore in 2019. Their impact will extend into the future as they have helped in creating a culture of giving that will benefit the community for years.

Vote once per day through March 9 at 11:45 p.m. The winners will beannounced at Time for Art: A Celebration of Volunteers on April 17.


Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend advance reservations for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade and older due to the concepts and historic collection.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There is not a designated area indoors or outdoors to eat; however, you are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Please let group members or chaperones know where they can meet the group.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission is to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels and tours via QR codes are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.

Are weapons allowed at Brucemore?

We prohibit weapons on the property and at programs to ensure the safety and security of all employees and people visiting Brucemore.