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The 4 Hens Home

Olivia MN 56277
4+ Bedrooms
Grocery & Restaurants Close
About Us

A Beautiful Turn of the Century Home To Rest & Relax In

Our Great Grandmother originally owned the house until 1963 when our parents purchased it from her. Our Mother PollyMom loved this home and together with our Father John and the help of six children, maintained it with the utmost of care. Growing up in the home we have fond memories of many Saturday mornings polishing the oak woodwork and library pocket doors, sneaking up the maids stairway after curfew, sunny mornings on the 3-season porch, numerous art projects on the large dining room table and piano music filling the home.


What Makes Our House Unique?
Relax and enjoy the peacefulness of our home with its comfy beds, patchwork quilts, old fashioned soaking tub, flames in the fireplace and a large patio and yard in which to hear the distant church bells.

Welcome! We are sisters Toni, Terri, Tamara (Susan), and Tricia who were fondly given the title “The 4 Hens” by our brothers Tim and Tom. Together with our husbands Charlie, Chuck, Randy and Jeremy “The Roosters” we purchased the home from our Father John in 2009.

Hen 1, Hen 2, Hen 3 & Hen 4


Rooms & Suite

Our beautiful turn of the century home is available to rent for a creative weekend, a group get-away or a long vacation. Located in central Minnesota – Olivia, we are within two hours of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area in the quiet heartland.

With 14 rooms, a 3-season porch and large patio, let the laid-back atmosphere of our small town spark your creativity or need for relaxation.




Rhode Island Red Suite

Comfortable two room suite with antique bed frames, matching bedspreads and nightstand with lamp by each bed for late night reading.

  • Twin size beds/sleeps three
  • Abundance of bath/hand towels
  • 400 count sheet sets
  • Extra down/down alternative comforters
  • Closet in each room

Blue Bantam Bedroom

Our double room features a comfortable double bed, quilted bedspread, make-up dresser with chair and closet to unpack. Southern window welcomes the afternoon sun.

  • Double bed/sleeps two
  • Bath/hand towels
  • 400 count sheet sets
  • Additional down/down alternative comforters
  • Closet in the room

Yellow Chicks Bedroom

Named for the many children who called this bedroom theirs, this bedroom features a comfortable twin bed and nightstand for special toys.

  • Twin bed
  • Bath/hand towels
  • 400 count sheet sets
  • Additional down/down alternative comforter
  • Closet in room

Sussex Bedroom

With its Northwest location in the second floor and dresser for clothing, this bedroom is perfect for getting settled-in and sleeping late. Sometimes referred to as the maid’s bedroom, due to its close location to the back stairway.

  • Twin bed
  • Bath/hand towels
  • 400 count sheet sets
  • Additional down/down alternative comforter
  • Closet in room
Rent, Rest & Relax


Attractions, Grocery & Restaurants Nearby



Living, Dining & Library

With gas fireplace, piano and original oak pocket doors for privacy.

Plenty of Room

Eight adjustable swivel chairs, seven large 72″ x 30″ crafting tables with individual wastebaskets.

Bedroom Comforts

Comfy beds – sleeps seven guests. All linens and towels supplied.

Use of Full Kitchen

Complete with antique high chair, harvest table, stove and refrigerator. Sorry, not a licensed as a commercial kitchen so quests will need to bring supplies.

Coffee Maker

In the kitchen, convenient to everything.

HE Washer & Dryer

For long-term guest stays.

3-Season Porch

Enjoy the beautiful Minnesota seasons! Has been known to be quests dancing area.

Large Outdoor Patio

Plenty of comfortable, period seating with table and umbrella for shade.

Grocery & Restaurants


B&D Market & Deli
1002 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-1626
Daily 8am – 8pm

Dollar General
1312 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-1179
Daily 8am – 10pm


Max’s Grill
2425 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-2833
Sun. to Thurs. 11am – 11pm
Fri. and Sat. 11am – 12pm
Dine In, Take-Out & Delivery

Chatterbox Cafe
2625 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-5384
Dine In & Take-Out
Mon. to Fri. 6am – 4pm
Sat. 6:30am – 1pm
Sun. 7am – 1pm


Ricky Jo’s Coffee Shop
1522 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
Mon. to Fri. 7am – 5pm
Sat. 7am – Noon
Drive Up

Fast Food

Dairy Queen
1520 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-2200
Dine In & Take-Out
Sun. to Thurs. 10:30am – 8pm
Fri. and Sat. 10:30am – 9pm

1825 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-2724
Dine In & Take-Out
Daily 7am – 10pm


Casey’s General Store – East
620 E Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-5653
Delivery & Take-Out

Casey’s General Store – West
1311 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-1324
Delivery & Take-Out

Godfather’s Pizza Express
Cenex Convience Store
1208 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-1241

Bars & Lounges

Max’s Grill
2425 W Lincoln Ave, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-2833
Sun. to Thurs. 11am – 11pm
Fri. and Sat. 11am – 12pm
Dine In, Take-Out & Delivery

Bryl’s Den
211 N 9th St, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-5300
Mon. to Sat. 11am – 1:30am
Sun. 11:30am – 6pm


St. Aloysius Catholic Church

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
302 S 10th St, Olivia MN 56277
Contact the Parish Office at (320) 523-2030 about a tour

The small, rural parish of 500 households is caretaker for one of the most beautiful and unique Catholic churches in the entire New Ulm diocese. It is known as the “Shrine of the Prairie” for its Italian or Romanesque architecture and the celebrated art works it holds.

Its original parishioners were the sons and daughters of immigrants from Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. They adopted the Italian saint Aloysius Gonzaga as the patron of their church because its founding happened on the eve of his feast day.

The beauty of this church is owed to the arrival in 1907 of Father Henry Pomije. Appointed by Bishop John Ireland as pastor of St. Aloysius “for the time being,” Father Pomije remained for 47 years. He convinced the parishioners, most of them people of limited financial means, to build a new church of steel and concrete and marble pillars mined in Vermont.

Pomije commissioned many of the artworks that also make this church unique. Professor Gonippo Raggi, who was known worldwide for his church art in the early part of the 20th Century, portrayed on canvas the dramatic stories of the Bible for this rural Minnesota church. He also depicted all 16 virtues. He designed these works to lead the eyes of worshipers to the vaulted ceiling some four stories above the altar. There, the artist depicted the End of Time and the Holy Trinity at its center.

Interior restoration of this beautiful historic church was complete Fall of 2007 at a cost of $1.1 million raised by the congregation.

Taken from Divine inspiration: St. Aloysius parish in Olivia restoring ‘a sacred place’
By WCT Newsroom on Jul 22, 2006

Renville County Courthouse

Renville County Courthouse
500 East DePue, Olivia MN 56277
Open Mon. to Friday 8am – 4:30pm

The Renville County Courthouse is a historic building located on a city block (three acres of land) in Olivia, MN; the seat of Renville County. The Victorian architecture style building was constructed and opened in 1902. The first courthouse in Renville County was built in Beaver Falls in 1872. It was originally built as a jail, at a cost of $2000.

Olivia Golf Club

Olivia Golf Course
512 S 6th St, Olivia MN 56277
(320) 523-2313
Open seasonal
Facebook – oliviagolfclub

Established in 1928, the Olivia Golf Club is one of the oldest courses and “best kept secrets” in the state of Minnesota. Our signature finishing hole, the ninth, was featured in MGA Magazine in 1998 and 2009.

A beautiful course known for its narrow tree lined fairways, well manicured conditions and pristine greens. The clubhouse features a comfortable relaxing atmosphere with many televisions.

Olivia Corn Monument

Olivia Corn Monument
W Highway 212 & 71 in Olivia

In 1973, Olivia became known as the “Corn Capital of the Midwest.” To promote the idea,.they constructed this monument to corn, which measures 25 feet tall and is made out of fiberglass. The story goes that Bob Rauenhorst, owner of Trojan Seed Company, wanted an ear of corn bigger than any other. A 23-foot-long ear of corn water tower in Rochester was established as the one to beat, so Olivia’s was made two feet longer, then perched on end atop a 25-foot-tall gazebo, making the half-husked cob an impressive 50 feet high.

In 2005 the Olivia was christened “Seed Corn Capital of the World” by the Minnesota State Senate. Nine different seed research companies in the area employed many local people and create new varieties of corn. The giant cob of corn is located on the Yellowstone Trail at Memorial Park, just off Highway 212.

Next to the corn monument, you will find a small campground, where you can camp for free!

Corn Capital Days

July 20th – 26th, 2020
Olivia MN 56277

The week long celebration kicks off with an outdoor worship service in Nester Park and the annual Hide & Seek Corn Token Hunt throughout the city. Festivities include golf tournaments, classic car and motorcycle roll, outdoor community Bingo, Karaoke contests, baseball tournaments, used book sales, volleyball tournaments, Pie & Ice cream social, grilled pork chop dinner, Family Fun Night Kiddie Carnival, keg shoot & water ball fight by the Olivia Fire Department, young entrepreneur day, Free street dance, garage sales, 5k Corn Capital Run, fishing event, town parade and Arts & Crafts in the Park. Close of the week is the Lion’s Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at the Olivia Airport.

10 City Parks

Dirks Park & Softball Park – East Elm Avenue

Dowling Park – Downtown Olivia

Henton Park – On North 9th Street

Kubesh Park – On South Highway 71

Memorial Park – On the Yellowstone Trail, Highways 212 & 71

Nester Park – On South 9th Street

Pond Park – On South Highway 71

Rainbow Park – Junction of US Highways 71 & 212

Sunrise Park – South 2nd Street

West Park – East side of 14th Street South

Unique among small towns, Olivia has 10 city parks where residents and visitors can pause and relax. Theses parks offer picnic areas, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, softball and soccer fields, children’s playgrounds, ice skating rink, basketball court, camping and fishing.

our guest


“If you love the freedom to cook your own meals whenever you’re hungry, play the piano as loud as you like, sit at a table and craft until your heart is content, nap in the middle of the day, or just read in a comfortable chair, the Hen House is perfect for you! My girlfriends and I immersed ourselves in the beauty of this charming house for a long weekend of laughter and companionship. It was a wonderfully relaxing experience and I can’t wait to go back!”

“What a great way to get together and share stories (although somewhat exaggerated) with friends. Stay up late an sleep in even later in a beautifully decorated bedroom (great quilts) with one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in – made you want to stay even longer.”

“Fantastic place to stay. Stocked with the basics. Clean old school two story with a lot of character. Love the quiet laid back feel of Olivia.”

“Wonderful! Very clean and PERFECT for our craft weekend! We will 100% be returning!”

“Guys Poker Weekend. We had a great time playing cards all weekend. The house was nice and big, with plenty of room for all of us. The location was within walking distance of the grocery store and a couple convenience stores. The owner met us promptly and check in was easy. Not to mention that the nice padded chairs made this certainly our most comfortable poker weekend ever!”

“Charming home, perfect for a crafting weekend! Stayed here for a girls crafting weekend. 3 generations of women had a great time in a beautiful home in a quaint town. Comfortable and convenient. This family had a great time!”