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Farrar Schoolhouse

Farrar Schoolhouse

11125 NE 134th Avenue
Maxwell, Iowa
50161 USA

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Maxwell, IA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Farrar Schoolhouse. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

In 1919, C.G. Ceddes agreed to donate 6 acres of his farm to merge the area's one-room country schoolhouses, to offer a community a larger and more modern facility to the community's children.

Farrar Schoolhouse's beginning came upon on April 1, 1922, filled with citizens from miles around. With its inception, much celebration took place including an orchestra welcoming the community to celebrate their proud scholastic building's opening. Its $100,000 price tag was unusually high for that era, but it delivered an incredible building with a boiler heater, electric lights, and indoor plumbed restrooms.

On May 3, 2002, though the mood was more solemn, a band returned to play with a banquet bestowed to hundreds that sadly came to say goodbye to the 80-year-old schoolhouse. On this day they closed their door as a space to teach in.

Today, it is only surrounded by a few buildings in its shrinking community. It does have a 150-year-old cemetery across the street. Sitting abandoned for five years, a local couple, Jim and Nancy Oliver purchased the building and quickly realized that it was not completely empty. This inspired them to offer tours and explorations for paranormal activity. The Farrar Schoolhouse has resurfaced as a tribute to the almost century-old stories of its history through the haunted.

The Hauntings

When the Olivers purchased the 17,000 square foot schoolhouse building and quickly realized that it was not completely empty. Before they even though that it could be paranormally based, it was common to hear disembodied voices, hear doors slamming on their own, and even shadow people lurking within the building.

A small phantom boy has been spotted standing motionless on the stairwell. Another child has been captured on an image sitting on the edge of the auditorium stage. Prepare to hear phantom voices of children talking, whispering, and even laughing. These have been captured by EVP Digital Recordings.

Unseen steadying hands provided protection to one of the owners that once lost balance on the stairs. This prevented a potentially catastrophic fall.

In 2007, internationally known psychic medium Jacqui Carpenter conducted the first paranormal investigation in 2007. She confirmed what the Olivers suspected lived within their walls. Since then many visitors and paranormal groups have witnessed and documented evidence of the paranormal activity. Farrar Schoolhouse was featured on television's "My Ghost Story", besides a host of many other media outlets.


More reads and watches...


The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations (Unexplained Presents...) Paperback – January 1, 2007     Haunted Iowa Paperback – April 30, 2019 by Kathleen Vyn  (Author)     Haunted Iowa Video


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Date added: May/27/2020 | Last time updated: Jun/14/2021

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