Hickory Grove School
Junction of County Rd E41 & J Ave between Boone and Ogden
By Appointment Only. Call Doug Nebbe, President of Battin Heritage Association, at 515-275-2427 and leave a message if you’d like to schedule a visit.
Adults $5 | Youth $2 | Children 6 & under Free
After more than five years of restoration at its new site on the grounds of the Battin Chapel, at the junction of old Highway 30 (County Road E41) and J Avenue between Ogden and Boone, the school is open for tours by appointment.
The school, originally built in 1889 in the northeastern corner of Yell Township, allows visitors to see the desks once occupied by school children, peruse books they read, and look over the school house’s potbelly stove. The building’s furnishings span the history of its 77 years. It closed its doors as a school on May 11, 1956. Slates, historic maps and globes, teacher’s tools and many textbooks, encyclopedias, children’s books, and other school memorabilia are contained in the collection displayed within the building.
The museum was formerly located at Don Williams Recreation Area, but was moved in late 2006 to a site near the Battin Chapel, which contains a well-preserved railroad depot in addition to the chapel and school. The Boone County Historical Society and the Battin Heritage Association jointly sponsored the museum.
It is unique to have a church, depot, and school on the same property, with each being over 120 years old, all built in Boone County. Battin Chapel, Hickory Grove School, and the Berkley Depot are all waiting for your visit. The Battin Heritage Association would be happy to show you any or all of the buildings at Battin Heritage Park by appointment.
Hickory Grove School Gallery
Click on the images for a closer look inside this cool country school.