Farrar School - Maxwell, Iowa

Location Information

Date: 10 July 2022     Type: Former School

Location Title: Farrar School

City/State: Maxwell, Iowa

Investigation Times: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Status: Analysis


Weather Information

Sunrise: 05:51 AM   Sunset: 08:51 PM

High Temperature: 87 °F   Low Temperature: 68 °F

Sky Condition: Partly Sunny  Wind: S at 18 mph

Humidity: 70%   Precipitation: 0.0 in

Lunar Phase: Waxing Gibbous   % disk visible: 85%

Solar X-Rays: Normal   Geomagnetic Field: Quiet

Pressure: 29.11 mmHg  

Investigators Present

Becky Ray
Jennifer Sprague

Sarah Crowe

Greg Payne
Julie Klos Burch
Christina Quentin
A. Crowe

Newspaper Article
Newspaper Article

from The Des Moines Register, Wed, May 1, 2002

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Washington Township Community School
Washington Township Community School

Dedicated 1921

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Newspaper Article
Newspaper Article

from The Des Moines Register, Wed, May 1, 2002

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Farrar town developed in early 1902 when the railroad reached the region. The area's population grew shortly after that, leading to a post office in 1904. The growing population prompted the community to build a school. In 1919, a man named C.G Geddes donated 6 acres of his land. The new school initially could hold all the students from the one-room schoolhouses in the region. Therefore, a new district school, Washington Township Consolidated School District, was created. The official school opened in 1922 with a ceremony that brought hundreds of residents. The approximate price for the whole school was 100,000 US dollars.

In 2001, the district leaders voted to consolidate the school with Anderson Elementary School in Bondurant. Like during its opening, the school that served the Farrar community was closed. In April of 2022, an official ceremony to mark the school's last day of operation was held, and the students were transferred to Anderson Elementary School in Bondurant, Iowa.

Even before its closure in 2002, students reported cases of apparitions and paranormal activities on the school premises. In some instances, the doors slam on their own. Shadowy figures have been seen in some hidden sections of the buildings. These activities have attracted several paranormal investigators who have witnessed more abnormalities inside and around the building.

After sitting abandoned for five years, Jim and Nancy Oliver purchased the building in 2006. It quickly became apparent that they were not alone. A small boy's dark, distinct outline was sighted on the well-lit stairway descending into the gymnasium. The boy appeared to be about 3' 6" tall with one foot on each step and holding onto the handrail. The figure stayed motionless for almost 2 seconds before disappearing.
The large 17,000-square-foot schoolhouse looks out of place in the small town of Farrar,  Iowa. Farrar's population of fewer than 30 people has been slowly shrinking for many years. The only growing population is in the 150-year-old cemetery across from the schoolhouse. Over the decades, employees and students reported hearing voices, slamming doors, and sightings of unnatural figures walking the halls. Adults and children have passed on and have returned and re-live their experiences, good and bad, in the old school.   

Investigators Notes

Jennifer, Lead Investigator: