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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Volga, IA

I don't remember where we picked up an advertisement for this place - probably Decorah, but we decided to see this quilt and tea shop.  It's about a 2-hour drive from our house through some really pretty country.  We went there on October 24, 2009, expecting to have lunch, only to find it closed for some reason.  We have since tried to get more information, but get no responses to calls or e-mails, so we wonder if something happened to the owners.

This is actually TWO schools.  The stone school is on its original site, and was built in 1868.  The wooden school was moved here from near by.  The stone addition is on the side of the stone school and attaches to the front of the wooden one.  It is located a bit over a mile west of Volga on County Road C2W.  The first close shot is of the stone school, and then the shots will show a walk-around the back to the joining of the school and then end up in front again.  The front door of the stone addition has a lot of etchings, but we got one shot looking through the glass to see the front of the wooden school.

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