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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The School House, Swedesburg

The following information is on the wall at the Swedesburg History Museum:
"This building was built in 1893 in the 'public square.'  Since it was built to be used for a female academy or other school, for many years it was called 'The School House.'  In 1898 the Swedesburg Academy was founded and located in this building.  However, the Academy only operated for three years and closed in 1901."
A painting accompanies this description, showing the original appearance of this school.
The school is located on the southwest corner of Park St. and Academy Ave.  It has been highly modified and is now used as a parish hall for many events.  The north side of the school, which has the belfry, has a large porch and entry way added to it, while the south side has had a large addition built against it.
Photographs taken on 7/23/11

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