Historic Iowa Farmstead

230,000  32 acres 


Organic qualified 32+ acre historic farm with 4 bd 1.5 bath. Sand filtered spring water. Woven wire fences on 29 of the 32 acres. Fruit trees, berries, and much much more. 2 garden spots near the house, one almost 2 acres on the hill. Pond and springs. Many poultry pens, or pens for baby animals. 2 hours from major cities, 8 miles from medical care and the local Hy-vee. Many out buildings. Owners are retiring, are willing to leave some things to help you get started.


32.60 acres, with 28 woven wire fenced. Woven wire will hold anything from an adult standard breed chicken, to the largest of horses or cattle breeds. It is uncommon to find that much of it these days due to the cost (11.00 a running foot) of having it put in.

Gates are all in very good shape, most are 5yr old or less Red Gate brand, some with wheels. All gates have been covered to keep poultry, and live stock guardian dogs from slipping through the spaces in the gates. It is what we call a “Water tight” fence. 28 acres of it.

Hay averages 60 1 ton + bales two cuttings a year while fully grazing and leaving enough graze for winter pasture. first cutting is packed with wild oats, second is legumes. NO fescue issues for horses. This is for 2 horses, one 3000lb Longhorn steer and 100 head of ewes with lambs, whom all graze 12 months of the year on this ground. It is left to seed every 4yrs and is very rich and thick with a large variety of plants and herbs. Scores 1 out of 62 ( excellent) There is some really fun history and secrets about the land I would be happy to share if interested.

Many eatable plants abound. Apple, peach, plum, Asian pear, pear, mulberry and more. Horseradish, asparagus, 3 mushroom gardens, multiple herbs to many plants to mention. Pond was stocked but has not been fished in some time.


Water consists of a sand filtered underground river/spring. The spring is famous in this area for its quality. The same spring has a “town pump” about a half mile away that supplied the town with water before city water was brought in, in the early 2000’s. The well on the farm was so secret that when we bought the farm in 1992, neighbors who had lived here their whole lives warned of no water on the farm. The secret was kept for fear people would try and steel it, or run the well dry.
All gutts, wiring, and pipes have been updated recently. The classic well water flavor from metal pipes doesn’t exist here, as all have been replaced with the newer plastic pipes. Flavor is awesome! Pipes were also overly buried to keep them from freezing. Many hydrants scattered around the farm and pasture. Well is very deep. You will be hard pressed to drain it dry even in a drought year. Natural privet spring/creek starts and ends on the east side of the pasture, contained with in the fence line. wet weather spring on west side.


There are 3 out buildings near the house, and 2 other livestock shelters. One livestock shelter is in a pen off the corral, and one is a large pole barn in the North pasture. One metal building with concrete floor also has many outlets, a nice lighted work bench, with ample cabinet space and shelves. This building has a slide door to bring in large machines, and a walk through door. Building is in good shape.

Second out building could be used as a 2 car garage. It has been used as a work shop. Building has a good wood stove, new piping has been installed in the roof, the attachments were purchased but have not been attached. Lots of work bench space with over head lights. Tons of shelves and cabinets. This was a leather working shop for over 15yrs. Dry, with allot of work area.

3rd outbuilding was the old wash house. The chimney has been looked it. I was told it is good, however should be cleaned due to nesting birds and re-lined. Made for a wood stove. Would make a granny shack, or old fashion bunk house. Is currently a brooder house. Will house over 300 chicks/ducklings/poults or geese until they can go out into the 20×20 check fenced pens. with a good incubator you can easily hatch and house over 500 baby birds a month. it has an over head light, as well as plug in’s.

Property also has a grain bin that is currently being used to store antiques. Yes, it stays that dry.


The home itself was built prior to 1856. It has never set vacant. Through out the years it has been updated and cared for by its inhabitants. The most recent updates I have done are new insulated tilt in easy clean windows, blown in insulation, new metal roof. New well gutts and wiring, updating wiring in home, and out buildings. new septic tank, and leach field, new non metal pipes under the house to prevent freezing. The upstairs was taken down to the bones after my 2 children grew up and moved out. More to give me something to do with them gone. The results are new walls and ceilings, with a wall removed to create a nice sized storage space. This needs flooring and paint. The floor base and dry wall is down. it is 16×8 with new light and wiring.

00F0F_bmm89DSa69J_1200x900 (1)There are 4 bed rooms with one turned into a walk in closet. Shelves can easily be taken down to return it to a bed room. House is large, rooms are not as large as most homes today. This is a historic property with room sizes to match the times. Kitchen is a nice sized working kitchen.
Chimney is still in place. Im happy to mark where the old stove pipes were. They existed when I moved in. I covered them, and remember well where they were in the kitchen and upstairs. It would not take much to return the home to its off grid 1800s style. The town “Carbon” is known for its coal mines. There is still coal about, another free fuel source.

Internet is DSL. We have no problem using it for all our entertainment needs with no cable. Frontier offers unlimited internet access with our land line, unlimited long distance, with call waiting, etc, our bill is 80.00 a month. Propane tank is owned. There is a new 98% fuel efficient furnaces and 30 gallon water heater. Monthly bills are below 300 combined. Taxes are below 900 with out homestead exemptions etc. You will be eligible for homestead exceptions and land owners hunting permit.

ISyvyr48nue9vg1000000000Local Attractions

lake Iceria is 4 miles away with boating, fishing tournaments, hiking trails, swimming, breakfast on the beach, hunting and more. 23 miles to the south is Lake of 3 fires. This is one of the best horse camps I have ever been to. Clean showers and bathrooms are right in the camping area. Area has corrals, shelters, water etc, everything your horse will need. Day long trails can be divided to shorter ones if you want to ride less, or all day. its available. Nice safe roads to ride on near the house as well. Falconry, rabbit shows, 4H, we have it all. Adams county boasts less then 4000 people. the town of Carbon claims 36 ( I can’t count that many) Many farmers markets. 2 hours to Des Moines or Omaha ( best VA is Omaha, very good one) Hospital is 8 miles, 911 time is very good. Fire hydrant on property.

Priced at 230,000: 5K an acre with all out buildings and house at 70K to sell fast. We are not able to keep up the farm and have sold down considerably. Farm is priced to sell. All reasonable offers considered. Will also be willing to leave some things behind if buyer would like to help you get started. Even a Turkey for your first Thanksgiving.

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