We had seen this large structure many times - it is only about 15 minutes from our house. We hadn't photographed it because it wasn't a one-room school - or so we thought. On our anniversary in Aug. 2007 we took a tour and learned that the upper level was never used for classes, rather it was used asa a gymnasium, for assemblies or dances, etc. The school was built in 1876.
I grew up in a small Ohio town, and I rode the school bus from 1st through 12th grades. My bus ride always included a country road on which every school day we saw a one-room brick school house. (SW corner of Stine Rd and Enon-Xenia Pike). As the years went by, I watched this wonderful, familiar friend fall apart. After I married, the school really began to deteriorate. Every time we visited the area I would want to take a photo of the school, but never did. Finally, when we went specifically for the task, the school was gone. It was a huge loss for me and, since that time, whenever we pass a one-room school, it is a joy to stop to take a picture or two. Thus, our collection here, and the one with schools in other states. Jill :oD