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The cornerstone for the third, and current courthouse was laid on May 21, 1903. It cost $90,600 to build and was designed by the architects Smith and Gage. The exterior walls are covered with Bedford stone veneer and the roof is all tile. The clock tower, which rises from the middle of the building, sets the building apart from all others. The courthouse is situated on a large town square and is the pride of Centerville and Appanoose County.


25100 520th Street
Centerville, IA  52544-8810
Office: (641) 856-8528

Director: Phil Visser

Naturalist: Hannah Wiltamuth

Appanoose County Conservation was voted into existence in 1959 by the citizens of Appanoose County.  The ACCB currently manages land in the form of parks, trails, campgrounds, and public hunting areas. In addition to those areas, the board operates an environmental education center and has a growing environmental education program. The board provides educational programs to school, youth, and civic groups as well as the general public.

ACCB Areas

  • Sharon Bluffs State Park Sharon Bluffs includes hiking trails, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter houses and a premier nature center, which includes elk, deer, and other wildlife for your viewing pleasure. Encompassing 144 acres of ground, located east of Centerville on the bluffs above the Chariton River.
  • Lelah Bradley Lelah Bradley Park offers hiking trails, shelter houses, campgrounds and playgrounds.  Fishing and boating are allowed on the upper and lower reservoir.  Hunting is allowed in some areas as well as picnicking, bird watching, and other wholesome recreational pursuits. Located on the southwest side of Centerville.
  • Ross Wildlife Area Encompassing 434 acres south of Cincinnati, The Ross Wildlife Area provides great hunting opportunities, as well as fishing, birdwatching, and other chances to enjoy nature. The area includes mature timber, uplands, riparian areas and prairie grounds.

For Information on Reserving shelter houses at Lelah Bradley or at Sharon Bluffs please call    
(641) 856-8528

Camping sites are issued on a first come first serve basis. For more information, click here.

For Information on Iowa DNR managed Areas, please click here.

For Information on Lake Rathbun, please click here.