Having gone to school in Iowa for four years I was never able to make it to Dyersville, the site of the Field of Dreams movie set! So finally, this past weekend, we made a quick pit-stop at the field. This popular Iowa film site is only an hour and forty five minutes from Luther near the Mississippi River.
Field of Dreams
If you haven’t seen “Field of Dreams”, it is about a man, played by Kevin Costner, who hears a voice in his corn field telling him, “If you Build It He Will Come.” This line haunts him and he builds a baseball field (against his extended family’s wishes) in his cornfield. Throughout the movie, viewers are taken through a historical journey through baseball to show what playing on a team has meant to so many people throughout the years as aged baseball players return as their younger selves to Costner’s field.
Even if you aren’t a big baseball fan, I would still highly recommend this movie. It’s not a technical sports film, but rather a heartwarming story about how a sport can bring together generations.
The actually field, did not disappoint whatsoever! Set in a beautiful location, almost everything is still intact from the movie.
The movie was filmed on an original two properties and was combined for the movie.
Dyersville, Iowa is a quaint, cute town on the Eastern side of Iowa. The churches and buildings in the town are beautiful, and it made the drive pretty great to see the movie site, which is tucked a way out of town.
The field is still incredibly well tended and we came at just the right time of year as the corn is almost at its peak height, just like the movie. As we rounded the corner and drove down to the field, I had the chills. There’s something magical about this place.
The benches to watch the baseball games are all original, and it was so special to see kids and adults come to just play a game or catch on the field.
The house is a private residence, however, there is a small gift shop on the grounds you can buy souvenirs from.
My favorite line from the movie is, “If you Build it, he will come.” Change the pronoun “he” to “they” and the line still rings true to this day. The field is still usable and people from all over the world come to play the American classic-baseball.
If you are ever in the area, I would highly recommend a trip to the Field of Dreams. If you go, just remember to bring your baseball, mitt, and bat!