ORIGINS

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

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Big Grove #1, Stone Academy, Solon, IA

This is a school we passed many times before we decided we needed to take a photo in September 2005.  It is about three miles north of Solon, IA, on Iowa SR 1.  This stone school was built in 1842 and is used for field trips by local schools.  It closed in 1953.  Our original posted photo was taken with a 35mm photo, so on 3/16/11 we shot these with our digital camera.
In 1976 a tornado tore the roof off and destroyed the interior.  Restoration afterwards included fixing up the exterior walls and putting on a new roof, and then rebuilding the interior.  

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