Iowa Rural Schools Museum

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Iowa Rural Schools Museum
122 West Second Street,Odebolt, Iowa

Memorial Day through October
Wednesdays: 10am to 4pm
 Saturdays & Sundays: 2 to 4pm

Also open by appointment;
call 712-830-8328
Winter: The school is heated. Call to schedule!

The Iowa Rural Schools Museum captures the spirit and pride of Iowa's rural past, celebrating the contributions of rural schools in Iowa.  The school once stood in Richland Township, Sac County, Iowa, and was known as Willow Tree or Richland #1.  

In October 2011 the school was moved to the nearby town of Odebolt by the Rural Legacy Project committee and has been restored to the Victorian look it had when it opened in 1883.  It has been furnished with country school memorabilia from the Odebolt area as well as throughout Iowa, and is representative of the 12,623 schools that were part of the Iowa rural schools system that helped shape Iowa's rural development and character. 

The museum grounds are located in a charming Heritage Square in Odebolt.  They feature a delightful, life-sized sculpture of children called "Time for School" by Dr. William Faller, nationally known for his country school works.  The museum sits next to a restored Pioneer Home and across the street from the Odebolt Historical Museum. 

View the Iowa Rural Schools Museum new 2-page pamphlet!
Click Here

If you wish to donate to the museum send checks to:
    Rural Legacy Committee/City of Odebolt
    PO Box #235
    Odebolt, Iowa 51458

Thank you!

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