2019 Chamber Gala Scholarship

The Chamber Scholarship is awarded from the money raised at the annual Gala.

Any senior at any Wayne County school that plans to go to college and return to Wayne county is eligible.

This year’s recipient is Hannah Hinners of Seymour Community School.

Caleb Housh and Hannah Hinners
Caleb Housh and Hannah Hinners

Hotel Rea

The Hotel Rea found at 207 West State Street is full of amazing history it was founded in in 1898 by E.A. Rea. In the later 1900’s it was abandoned until Malisha and Josh Hagan decided to renovate it in 2015. After 3 years of hard work they were finally able to open on August 23, of 2018 It was a very time consuming and grueling process, but the Hotel Rea is back to its former glory. The Hotel Rea is now used as overnight lodging and can be used as an event space. Each room seems to have its own unique charm. There are many pieces of history in the hotel such as the busts that were bought from a travelling salesman in the early 1900’s to celebrate the wedding of E.A. and Irene Rea. That were graciously donated by Nancy Coates. Also, the authentic Victrola that was donated by a close friend of the great grand daughter of E.A Rea. The Architecture as a mix of Victorian and mid-century design so the guests can get the authentic feel of the old Hotel Rea with some modern luxuries. The inside was very beautiful it really made you feel like you were in a first-class hotel. For more information you can contact Malisha Hagan at 641-895-6074 or at It’s a once in a lifetime experience!

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa

102-104 N. Franklin

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa have 6 locations: Corydon, Albia, Chariton, Centerville, Leon, and Lamoni. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 7-5 and Thursday 8-5.

The Corydon site established in 2007 has 11 employees: a receptionist ,2 Integrated Health Home workers, 1 substance abuse counselor, 3 providers, and 3 facilitators.

CHCSI is the only behavioral health center in Corydon. They are involved in the Corydon Betterment, Corydon/Allerton Chamber of Commerce, and the Wayne County School System. In the future, CHCSI hopes to bring more providers to the area and make their location more convenient to the community.

What CHCSI Offers

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Preventative and Holistic Healthcare
  • Integrated Health Home
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Evaluations
  • DOT Substance Abuse Evaluations
  • Substance Abuse Counseling

“CHCSI will make high quality healthcare accessible to everyone in our region.”

Hicks Realty

Hicks Realty LLC. offers
– Selling farms, homes, and commercial properties.
– Helping to find rentals on occasion
– One on one attention 24/7

Share the history behind your business.

In 2006 I got my Real Estate and Brokers licence in 2008 opening Hicks Realty LLC. Real estate was not something I thought I’d ever do but it allowed for flexible hours so I could be available for my family. It was one of the best decisions I could have made. I have established a name of trust and honesty, hard work in the community.

What differentiates your from you competitors?

Real Estate is my fulltime job. I work from home giving me the flexibility to coach, farm, and attend my son R.C’s events. I enjoy being involved with the community. My personality and ability to get along with people seems to help me get many of my listings and sales. I work with people and can be flexible with commission rates in certain circumstances. I pride myself on being ethical and honest. It all comes back to you, so you have no problems looking in the mirror or sleeping at night.

What community organizations are you involved with?

Chamber of Commerce, Corydon Community Development, Farm Bureau, Wayne Community Foundation, Corydon Community Development Corporation, and coaching golf for the boys and girls Varsity, J.V., and junior high teams

How do you see your business growing or changing in the next 5 years?

I would like to keep up with what I am currently doing, continue to please clients, and grow my established business.

Inn of the Six Toed Cat

Share the history behind the Inn.

The Inn was built in 1909 for the purpose of a hotel. In 1989 Mr. Findlay renovated and restored the hotel. It was then renamed the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. Opening that year for the Christ mas season.

Kay Boam and her neice, Celeste Bivin currently own and operate the inn.

What does your business offer?

We are a bed and breakfast. We serve as a unique place to kick back and relax away from the cares of daily life. We offer long term rates for those working temporaraily in the area. Also, we cater to hunters in the fall and early winter. The Inn is a wonderful place to host various group meetings and activities.

At the Inn, we cater any type of brunch, lunch or dinner that someone may want. This includes reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. We will cater off site if a kitchen is available.

What differentiates you from your competitors

The uniqueness of the restored hotel and the hospitality of the owners. The good food, which is prepared for the most part from scratch. We have the ability to host an event that is specific to any group whether casual, or formal or anything in between.

What community organizations are you involved in?

  • The chamber and it’s activities
  • Wayco Arts Council
  • Volunteering at the Corydon theater
  • Old Time Soda Fountain
  • Hosting bible studies at the Inn for the Christian Church and Clio Baptist Church

How do you see your business growing or changing in the next 5 years?

We are currently setting up an online marketing system that we foresee as bringing new people to the area. This will include highlighting places of interest in Wayne county with a “concierge” type weekend package.

Prarie Trails Museum of Wayne County

Hours of Operation

April 15th -May 31st Monday- Saturday 1pm-5pm
June-August Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm
September- October 31st Monday-Saturday 1pm-5pm

Wayne County Historical Society was formed as an organization in August 1942 at Corydon Old Settlers. Artifacts were displayed at the courthouse in cases located in the basement until 1964. At that time, a new court house was built which lead the Historical Society to purchase ground on the east edge of Corydon for construction of a building. The Wayne County Historical Museum opened to the public July 6th, 1966. Since that time, there have been several
expansions. The museum campus now includes three buildings that house the history of Wayne County with a large collection of faming artifacts. The exhibits displayed tell the story of Wayne County’s development from the mid 1800s through present day. Prairie Trails Museum is one of the largest small town museums in Iowa. There is one fulltime employee, Brenda DeVore, and nearly 40 volunteers. The museum’s board of directors is a committee of 16 members who live in all parts of the county. They are all active and involved in many organizations in Wayne County. Looking to the future, the museum would like to continue adding exhibits and improving the Genealogy Library.

To learn more about Prairie Trail Museum click on theses sites

Historical Attractions

Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County

Located in Corydon
5 Galleries, Heritage Barn, Log Cabin, & 25,000 + artifacts of Mid-America

The Round Barn Site

Located in Allerton

This site is home to a fully restored 1912 Round Barn, 1887 New York Christian Church and 1868 Williams Country School. An 1897 Queen Anne home restoration is underway. Open June-August, Friday-Sunday, 1-4 pm and other times by reservation. Admission $3. Also available for group tours, school groups, weddings, and reunions.

Retail & Services

Allerton Gas Company
120 N Central Ave
Allerton, IA 50008
(641) 873-4221

Chamber’s Auction
1857 HWY 14
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2082

Clayton’s Plumbing & Heating
602 W Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2151

Corydon American Legion, Post 68
100 E Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2256

Corydon Vet Clinic
1856 HWY 14
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1064

Great Western Bank
309 E Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1400

Jensen Tax & Accounting
117 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1973

Middlebrook Amoco
107 S Lafayette St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2118

New York Life
203 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2653

Rider Auto Sales
104 E Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060

South Central Communications
600 NW Church
Leon, IA 50144
(800) 782-7932

Times Republican
205 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1234

Allerton Lumber Company
220 N Central Ave
Allerton, IA 50008
(641) 873-4124

Christ Community United Methodist Parish
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1569

Corydon State Bank
201 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2212

Dodson Auto & Repair, LLC.
602 Central Ave
Clio, IA 50052
(641) 876-6542

Farm Bureau
212 S Franklin St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2725

100 W Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1643

Jenna K Lain Law Office
214 S Franklin St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1304

MDL Insurance
604 W Jefferson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1616

Miles Law Firm
107 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2054

Norris Law
300 W Marion St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1363

Rider Abstract
300 W Marion St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-1966

Cook Insurance
109 W Jackson St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2152

Snyders Variety & Clothing
128 Broad St
Humeston, IA 50123
(641) 877-4151

State Farm Insurance
106 S Franklin St
Corydon, IA 50060
(641) 872-2022