14 responses to Old schoolhouses
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    Marilyn from NY
    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 09:18)

    We have a lot of single school houses in my area. Many have been converted to houses or museums. I went with a fellow once whose mother lived in a one room school that she converted into her house. I always thought that would be a neat house to own. Unfortunately some of these old schools are sitting, and just being let go-it’s sad. What I see around the school looks like an electric fence to me.

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    Marilyn from NY
    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 09:33)

    Now that I take a real good look, it looks like there are lights inside the school. I have a friend who is Old Order Mennonite now in her 30’s and she said when she went to school they didn’t have electric. They had a wood burning furance. Outhouses and more. She and her husband put their first child to school there this year and they have electric lights, electric heating system, in door rest rooms and more. She said times have sure changed.

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    Comment on One room schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 09:37)

    One room schoolhouses

    Yes, I too, noticed the barbed wire fence — is that to protect the children, while in school, or because of it’s location, maybe, to protect them from farm animals, run-away horse, etc???? hmmm interesting — it’s like the Public schools, for the “English” — they are all fenced, with locked gates, these days — sad, but in the world today, we need to protect our children.

    I’ve also read that the education levels, of the Amish and Mennonites, are superb, compared to public schools…..might be that they are more disciplined in learning, rather than “who’s wearing what”, or “what the latest song is” on their iPods?!
    Just some thoughts…

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    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 10:49)

    I love those windows that swing out like that on a horizontal axis. We have them at our church. And the Amish schoolhouses I’ve seen are all wooden instead of brick.

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    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 10:58)

    What i notice about the school: It’s Brick!…it’s…Fenced!(i didnt think it would be…) – is that an electric line up there by the tree?(in the first picture)- dont seem to see a “line” going to the building(from that angle) though…

    The horses and buggies are inside the fence…

    the windows remind me of the windows we had in a couple of the public schools i attended; the old steel or aluminum panel windows that tilt in. Both were “older” schools.

    i love old school houses! thank you for the post!

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    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 10:58)

    It is animal fencing around the school – I assume that the yar dis used for pasturing in the summer months. I hadn’t seen a brick rural school before.

    I have friends here in the St. John River Valley who taught or attended one room schools. The teachers would now be in their 80s, and the students at the youngest would now be mid-40s. It was a good system – children walked to the school, the school day was fairly short, everyone knew everyone, and a good basic education was provided. The shortcomings were that sometimes children were taken from school before they acquired skills in order to work on the farms, and children with learning disabilities struggled with failure. There was no automatic advancement to the high school, but in a farming community, leaving school at grade 6 or 8, as the Amish still do, didn’t seem to handicap anyone.

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      Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 11:01)

      I had never seen a brick one either!

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    Joan Sheldon
    Comment on Schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 14:31)


    The Amish schoolhouse in Unity, ME is divided in to 2 sections, grades 1-4 and 5-8. They get a very good education in reading and math. The older boys read well in church. And the school children put on a superb program at graduation.
    Several of the islands in Maine also have one or 2 room schools.

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    Comment on One room schoolhouse (December 8th, 2011 at 16:43)

    One room schoolhouse

    We live in an old schoolhouse. It was built in 1870 and was a school for 8 years. We are the third family to own it and are very proud of it!

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      Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 8th, 2011 at 17:27)

      Oh wow Barb; that sounds wonderful! Has it had many refurbishments? or is it still pretty true to it’s original?

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        Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 12th, 2011 at 09:48)

        Yes, it has. A second floor was added and a dormer added to a middle upstairs bedroom for more room. It’s because of that dormer we can not put the house on the National Registry. Too bad, because it’s a great place!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 9th, 2011 at 01:26)

    A brick Amish school with barbed wire (electrified?) fence is unusual. The windows remind me of those on old factories in Chicago, in my old neighborhood. I, too have to wonder what’s being kept out—my first thought was that it was in a “bad” neighborhood (you say the community’s been there since the 1960’s–it looks older than that, to me. I’m anxious to know where it is.

    Out here in McHenry County, IL, there are still existing one room schoolhouses, most used as residences, but others have been (or are in the process of being) preserved. I belong to the local Historical Society, and it meets in a one-room schoolhouse (now a funeral parlor). As I sit there in meetings,I try to imagine it the way it was as the first school in our community. I wonder what it was like being a student there?

    I am glad to live in an area where “old” means “treasured,”—especially as I grow older!

    Alice Mary

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 9th, 2011 at 08:08)

    We had a one room school in our community and I always regretted
    that it closed one year before I started school in the late 1950’s. It never did have indoor bathrooms or running water, but
    did have electricity. The students took their lunch most days, but once a week one of the mothers would take a hot lunch for
    the students, just as is done today in many Amish school. After it was closed, it was used as the township hall where all elections were held, the 4-H club met, community gatherings were held, etc. The baseball diamond was used for many years by kids in the area to play ball on Sunday afternoons in the summer. It became in disrepair several years ago and the township decided to
    build a new small building on the site for community use.
    I really enjoy being in an Amish community in early morning during
    the schoolyear and seeing the students (often called “scholars”
    by the Amish) walking or riding in buggies to their one room
    schools. Brings back lots of memories.

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    Matt from CT
    Comment on Old schoolhouses (December 10th, 2011 at 09:37)

    >A brick Amish school with barbed wire (electrified?) fence

    Fences will be barbed or electrified but not both (unless someone’s being a doofus.)

    You don’t want an animal to get both caught by a barb wire, which happens from time to time, and being shocked and unable to get away.

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