Locust School

 Locust  School Museum                                                                                                                                               1640 Big Canoe Rd                                                                                                                                                     Decorah, IA  52101                                                                                                                                                     Phone (563) 382-4166




During 2021 along with the rest of the community, the school was still struggling with the collateral damage of COVID-19, but was still able to host four school tours for a total of 206 people.  The photo speaks to the fun time the students have as they experience a school day in a different era.

At the present time the Committee is in the process of evaluating the work that has been done and how to proceed for the preservation of the school and its future direction.  THANK YOU to those new members who have stepped forward to help with charting this direction and a huge THANK YOU to those Committee members who have worked so hard in the past and are willing to lend their expertise to the new Committee members.



WCHS owns and maintains the one-room Locust School. The school is maintained as a living history site where school classes are able to visit and experience a typical school day of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The school was built in 1854 of rock quarried from a farm one-half mile west of the school site (the Ruffridge Farm).

Click here to view a video of the school.

The physical address for the school is, 1640 Big Canoe Rd. It’s at the intersection of W38 and A26.