9 – 10:00am
Enjoy a morning stroll on the Memorial Walkway along Odebolt Creek. The walkway includes perennial flower gardens, benches, and gazebos for shade and relaxation.
10 – 11:00am
Tour the First National Bank, which was originally known as Adams Bank when it was built in 1918. The lavish building’s interior is restored to its original 1900s style. Groups can tour the historic bank, as well as W.A. Adams’ town office and garage located behind the bank with prior arrangements.
11 – 12:30pm
Stop at the Old Odebolt Bowling Alley Restaurant for a delicious lunch and salad bar, or arrange for a catered meal at the Odebolt Community Center.
12:30 – 3:00pm
After lunch, visit Heritage Square. Groups can tour the Iowa Rural Schools Museum inside the restored Victorian-style 1883 Willow Tree School, which includes a collection of over 2,000 items from the 1870s to the 1950s. These captivating items will transport you back to the days of one-room schools. Further your experience with a video presentation of Iowa’s Unsung Prairie Transformation to Farms & One-Room Schools. This documentary provides insight into Iowa’s farm settlement and the construction of 12,623 one-room schools by immigrant farmers. Next, tour the 1886 Peterson Pioneer Home—one of the first homes built in Odebolt. This house has been restored and furnished with antiques from the 1800s. Tour the Odebolt Historical Museum to learn about the Adams and Cook Ranches. Displays feature military history, a 1900s kitchen, a barbershop, hospital equipment, school memorabilia, music section, many local artifacts, as well as historical items and photos from Odebolt’s past.
3 – 4:00pm
Take an evening stroll through the fragrant and beautiful gardens of Prairie Pedlar. Groups can view phenomenal perennials, herbs, ornamental trees & shrubs, hanging baskets, and filled containers. Take a walking tour of more than 50 display gardens, visit the barn and gift shop, or see what events, workshops and gardening classes are available!
4 – 4:30pm
Discover Odebolt’s ties to Cracker Jack and American Popcorn Companies. On Dewey Street you can view the Cracker Jack Company seed drying building, or drive a bit further out of town to visit historic corncribs used to dry ears of popcorn produced by local farmers. Odebolt was once known as the “Popcorn Capital of the World” for producing 3/4 of the world’s popcorn by 1915.
For more information, contact the Rural Legacy Project at 712-668-4285, or visit www.odebolt.net or www.iowaruralschoolsmuseum.net.