Funded in part by Western IA Tourism Region
In 1848 France, the Icarians pursued a special vision for their future. To carry out this ideal, they made a remarkable journey from France to Adams County in the new state of Iowa. The French Icarian Colony Board of Trustees are now shaping another remarkable journey the development of a living history open air museum that will authentically tell the Icaria story, capturing the public's attention and imagination.
The FICF is rebuilding America’s French Icaria Village on 33.69 acres of original Icaria land that includes the rededicated Icaria cemetery three miles east of Corning, Iowa. The 1878 refectory (communal dining hall) and 1860 one-room Icaria school are restored and open. you You may arrange a visit the historic site or to do research by calling 641.322.4717.
Development of the village will include replica's of the original log cabins and the later two-story, two-family dwellings, barns and other farm out buildings, and a visitor's center that will house the Icaria museum and Research Library. Plans also include the development of a natural outdoor amphitheater, a vineyard, an orchard and gardens.