The Iowa Rural Schools Museum captures the spirit and pride of Iowa's rural past. 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 is representative of the 12,623 schools that were part of the Iowa rural schools system and helped shape Iowa's rural development and character.
This museum celebrates the contributions of rural schools in Iowa.
Our Rural Legacy
While the Iowa Rural Schools Conference is postponed for THIS YEAR, we are proud to be hosting the 2021 Iowa Rural Schools Conference in October. More information on "Contact Us" page
The Iowa Rural Schools Museum
is located at:
122 W. Second St.
Odebolt, IA 51458
ADMISSION IS FREE
See an area Day Trip ITINERARY on the "About Us" page
Our Collection this Month
Fashions of the Day
Summer Season Hours
Wednesday: 10 - 4
Saturday: 2 - 4
Sunday: 2 - 4
Call (712) 668-4285 to tour the museum outside of these hours.