Monday, May 4, 2009

My World Tuesday: One Room Schoolhouse

This is West Centre School, the last of 7 one-room schoolhouses for the District of New Fairfield. It is a landmark now but from the early 1800s to 1940 was a functioning school. The teacher made roughly $10 a MONTH in 1830. There was a wood stove for heat and no running water. The term began on October 1 of each year and it was each family's duty to provide firewood and a new broom. Oh--the two doors? One for boys and one for girls, each leading to their own cloakroom before entering the classroom.
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11 comments:

erin said...

what an interesting post...enjoyed.

Me and my puppies said...

great old school house,

koala said...

Can't help by wander why a broom from each pupil?

fishing guy said...

Laurie: What an interesting bit of history, well researched.
BTW: Until today I didn't know we had goslings.

ewok1993 said...

I want to see one in person. It's very interesting post.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Beatiful old school.
Mary Elizabeth @ Now and Then

Guy D said...

Those old school houses are fascinating, great photos.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

SandyCarlson said...

Our ancestors were wise keeping the boys from the girls for a while. Great shots, Laurie.

Martha said...

A reminder of times gone by. Great shots.

hip chick said...

I love old school houses. It's nice that this one has survived in such great condition.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'm glad they save some of these old buildings. They're quaint and have so much history.