Tower Open by Appt.

As families and friends gather for the holidays, the Mahanay Bell Tower may be one of those memorable places to experience. The Tower is closed for the season but tours can be arranged by appointment by calling The Welcome Center at 515-386-2155. The Bell Tower staff will be happy to meet you at the Tower and give a special tour.

The Christmas bells have been hung in the Paul Nally Observation Deck and are a beacon to those coming into the community. The bells continue to play the Westminster Chimes at each quarter hour and two songs after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm.

Greene County Foundation Grant

Thanks to a Greene County Community Foundation Grant, the Bell Tower Foundation was able to continue to market the Mahanay Bell Tower this past year with billboards on Hwy. 30, Hwy. 144 & Hwy. 4. Several of the billboards announced the Tower as Rural Iowa’s #1 Attraction for 2021.

These well-traveled roads have brought many visitors to Jefferson and the Mahanay Bell Tower again during 2022. The Bell Tower Foundation submitted a grant for this marketing because hotel/motel tax from the previous year of COVID was not available.

The Board of Directors of the Bell Tower Foundation and the many visitors who enjoyed the Tower are grateful for this award.


Tower Tunes Live concert slated for Veteran’s Day

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, a special Tower Tunes Live concert will be performed by Mahanay Maestro Rick Morain. 

From 12:15 – 12:30 pm, the public is invited to listen to the concert played on the four-octave carillon.  Maestro Morain’s playlist will honor military veterans. 

The Veteran’s Day concert is part of the regular Tower Tunes Live concert series set up by the county board of supervisors and coordinated through the Bell Tower Community Foundation. 

October Hours

The Mahanay Bell Tower is open at regular hours on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October. The hours are 10 am – 4 pm with our staff providing a wonderful tour. The elevator will take visitors to the observation deck. The autumn colors are beautiful and you are able to see for miles! The rooftop art is so unique and guests love experiencing the installations. The 47 bells play the Westminster Chimes at each quarter hour and also play several songs after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm.