Night at the Farrar
Schoolhouse: Maxwell, Iowa -- April 7, 2012
Join American Hauntings for our First Night at this Eerie
at the Farrar Schoolhouse
April 7, 2012 -- 8:00 PM to Sunrise
11125 NE 134th Avenue - Maxwell, Iowa
Hauntings and American Ghost Society Iowa Rep Steven Tracy for a chilling overnight
at what is becoming known as one of the most active locations in
the state -- the Farrar Schoolhouse in Maxwell! Spend the night
looking for the ghosts of this former -- and very haunted --
schoolhouse with a limited number of ghost
hunters during a private ghost hunt at the
building. Find out if the place is really as haunted as so many
people claim and perhaps come face to face with one of the
former students and staff members of the school! The evening
will include a short tour of the school, followed by an all-night ghost
hunt at a place that is starting to earn its reputation as one
of Iowa's "most haunted." The haunting experience begins at
8:00 p.m. on April 7 and continues until
sunrise -- or until the last guests flee the school!
Reservations: $65 Per Person
Here to Make Reservations for this Event!
The Farrar Schoolhouse got its starts in 1919 when a local man
named C.G. Geddes agreed to donate 6 acres of his farm for a new
school that would merge all of the area's rural, one-room
schoolhouses under one roof as the Washington Township
Consolidated School District. The cornerstone of the building
was laid in 1921 and the school was dedicated a year later on
April 1, 1922. A grand celebration with food and live music was
held and hundreds attended from all over the countryside --
although not all were pleased with the new building and its
$100,000 price tag.
One disgruntled citizen refused to attend the celebration
calling it a “monument to the arrogance and vanity of the school
board,” with its boiler heating, electric lights, and indoor
bathroom facilities. The old one-room schoolhouse was good
enough for him!
The school operated for many years, although enrollment steadily
declined with the shrinking of the nearby towns. The town of
Farrar was eventually absorbed into Maxwell, Iowa and a decision
was made to close down the school. On May 3, 2002, another grand
banquet was held in honor of the school and its alumni and the
schoolhouse closed its doors for the last time. The old school
sat empty until December of 2006 when Jim and Nancy Oliver
purchased the building. It became their home with hopes of
slowly restoring the school to its original appearance and
And that's when they realized that the place was haunted....
Hauntings: Today, the 17,000 square foot
Farrar Schoolhouse forlornly looks out over a town that now is
home to no more than 30 people. Across the road is an old
cemetery, the only part of town that has seen any growth in
years. Empty streets, quiet corners and abandoned buildings are
the remaining reminders of what used to be.
The Farrar Schoolhouse Ghost Hunt Includes:
* Overnight Access to Farrar Schoolhouse
* Private Ghost Hunt with American Hauntings Guides
* History & Hauntings of the site
* Bring Your Own Snacks & Drinks (No alcohol allowed!)
* Bring Your Own Ghost Hunting Equipment
* Flashlights Required
||After sitting empty for five years, Jim and
Nancy Oliver purchased the crumbling old school with hopes of
restoring the place and making it their home. It soon became
obvious that they were not in the building alone. Over the
decades, students and employees had reported hearing voices,
slamming doors and see strange figures in the hallways and
stairwells. The Olivers put little stock in such stories until
one say when Nancy became unsteady on some stairs and felt a
solid hand on her shoulder that helped her catch her balance.
She turned to thank her husband for help -- to find there was no
one there! Since that time, the Olivers -- and others -- have
had many other weird experiences.
Visitors have told many strange stories about the school,
including disembodied voices, phantom footsteps, knocking,
tapping and ringing sounds, cries, yells, laughter and even
sightings of full-blown apparitions! Will you be adding your own
accounts and evidence to the Haunting at the Farrar Schoolhouse?
Join us for our upcoming private event and see if you have the
nerve to spend the night at this haunted location!