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

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lancaster School, Lancaster

The little town of Lancaster really doesn't exist any more as a town.  This school was in the town square when it was built in 1881.  The school operated until closing on May 13, 1964, and was later used as a voting station.  It was open for tours on the day we visited.  For restoration, desks and blackboards were brought in from Hayesville School (which was similar) before it was torn down in 2010.

To locate this school from Sigourney, proceed south out of town on State Highway 149 about three miles to County Road V5G.  Proceed east on V5G for 2.6 miles and the school will be on the south side of the road, facing south, between 227th and 228th Streets.
The next two shots are of the second floor.  You can see the bell rope in the second shot, out in the hall.
This is the hall way and trapdoor on the 2nd floor.  They kept the door closed when the upper story wasn't in use.
Here is a shot of the first floor, and you can see one of the voting machines in the upper left corner.
This last photo was given to us at the tour.  It was taken by a 4-H member during the winter.  We thought it was a very nice shot.
Our photos taken on 9/25/11

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