OLD SCHOOL OF THE DAY
400 S. 200 W.
Muncie, IN 47302
Local fourth graders in Muncie, Indiana get a unique field trip each year to experience a piece of Indiana’s history at the restored 1900s Corinth School. The Corinth one room school house is a tradition for Muncie, Indiana, public school students that are in the fourth grade. They go on a field trip to the school and spend the day learning like they did in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Corinth is the last one-room schoolhouse left in Delaware County. It was restored and has welcomed modern-day classes on field trips for years since 2001. This little place hasn’t changed much over time. The school was a one room school house that educated children in grades 1-6. While the one-room building, built in 1875, didn’t use utilities back in the day, modern state code requires heat and electricity. But keeping costs low for students, just $2 each, leaves little money to cover utilities. The nonprofit Friends of Corinth School is looking for more donations. They will do everything they can to keep the building open, but money is a concern.
Students arrive in 1900s-style clothing. Girls wear bonnets and long skirts; boys wear suspenders. They stay in the 1900s all day, doing math and history lessons on slates with chalk and writing with ink wells and dip quills, which isn’t as easy as it sounds because the ink can get messy. The children really enjoy this field trip because they don’t have any concept of what school was like when all the grades, 1 through 6, were in the same classroom. Perhaps the most baffling part to students is the outdoor bathroom. There are no bathrooms in the school. There is only an outhouse with no modern plumbing, although the toilets do have seats in order to meet state code. The school marm explains that she wasn’t allowed to be a teacher and be married, and that the male teacher down the street made 20 cents more than she did. It’s all part of the Indiana history that they are learning in the fourth grade. They can relate what they are reading in the books to their actual experiences.