I came to learn that this painting is the second most recognizable painting after the Mona Lisa.
When I discovered in my research for the Great Plains Tour that the actual house used in the painting still existed (to be honest, I didn't know there was an actual house) I just had to go see it.
It is a private residence and people currently live in it, so they request you to stay back.
Here is the complete setting with house and museum.
Two signs that pretty much tell all you want to know
I think you can read it - I could on my screen. The part in the second sign about the models is interesting. The sign doesn't really go into it but Dr. McKeeby was thoroughly peeved over this and he still looks so 12 years later.
Here they are.
The only photo from inside the house, of the upper story and the curtain.
The artist, Grant Wood.
The museum had displays of various ways the theme of the painting had been used throughout time.
Plus they had several costumes available so that you and the missus could dress up and pose in front of the house. The museum caretaker was more than happy to come outside and snap your shutter for you. I could only imagine the stories she could tell of all the people she's photographed. Yeah I know, camera jiggle.
They even had pitchforks to accommodate all sizes. Notice the short child size. Wouldn't that make for a cute picture of your little boy and girl together? Just as long one didn't go after the other with the pitchfork.