Dibble School, Jackson, MI



Dibble School

Ella Sharp Museum

3225 Fourth St.

Jackson, MI 49203

The Ella Sharp Museum opened in 1965 in the 19th century home of Ella Merriman-Sharp. Ella willed her 530-acre property to the city of Jackson in 1912, with the understanding that a park and museum be developed for all to enjoy.  The Hadwin Center connects seven galleries, which feature changing exhibits of local Jackson history and art, and hands-on children’s activities in the galleries and some historic buildings. In addition to touring the elegantly furnished Victorian home, visitors to the Museum may visit a one-room schoolhouse, an authentic log cabin, and others.  Built for a mere $650 in 1885, the Summit Township District No. 2 school operated at the corner of Kibby and Robinson Roads until 1957, when the district consolidated with the Union School District. It was moved in 1967 to the Ella Sharp Museum.

Schram School, Gainsborough Twp., Ontario, Canada



Schram School

Gainsborough Twp.

Ontario, Canada


My good friend Peter McPherson wrote, “MY OLD School – called ‘Shram’ School. A Mr. Henry Schram donated the land in 1862. The now almost all covered over with greenery School was built in 1883. At least we can still see the beautiful Belfry with its spirals still intact. It is now a well-taken care of private home. This is where I spent most of my public school years.  Good old had strapping days! Ouch! Walking one and a half miles each way. Gainsborough Twp., Ontario.”


Home School Book Review news for December, 2019

Home School Book Review Blog ( https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/ ) is the place to go for over 3,700 book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature both old and new, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in November of 2019 include:

November 30, 2019–The Night of the Loch Ness Monster

November 29, 2019–Jeffrey and the Third Grade Ghost, Book 4: Pet Day Surprise

November 28, 2019–Red Sails to Capri

November 27, 2019–Beautiful Joe: The Autobiography of a Dog

November 26, 2019–The Case of the Wandering Weathervanes: A McGurk Mystery

November 24, 2019–The Goblins and the Gravedigger: A Forgotten Dickens

November 23, 2019–Kildee House

November 22, 2019–The Riddle of Raven’s Gulch

November 21, 2019–The Doctor’s Family

November 19, 2019–The Ghost Pony or The Mystery of Pony Hollow

November 18, 2019–The Brotherhood: Book One in the Eirensgarth Chronicles

November 16, 2019–Daughter of the Mountains

November 12, 2019–We’re All Not the Same, But We’re Still Family: An Adoption and Birth Family Story

November 11, 2019–The Legend of the Tickle Bugs

November 9, 2019–Why Do We Say Good Night?

November 7, 2019–The Boy to Man Book: Preparing Your Son for Manhood

November 3, 2019–The Little Lame Prince

November 1, 2019–My Trip to Alpha I

The winner for our Book of the Month Award in November, 2019, is:


The Brotherhood: Book One in the Eirensgarth Chronicles by Philip M. Smith

Books which we are currently reading and will be reviewed in the future are:

The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen by Myron Levoy

Bug Boy by Carol Sonenklar

Fake Evidence: A Look at Evolutionary Evidence for over 90 Years in the Court Cases from Scopes to Kitzmiller by Ron Milliner

Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa by Francis Kalnay

Remember Home School Book Review at https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/


Silver City Schoolhouse Museum, Silver City, ID



Silver City Schoolhouse (Museum)

Jordan Creek

Silver City, Idaho 83650

Silver City, established in 1864, is a historic mining town situated in the Owyhee Mountains of southwest Idaho. The school was built in 1892 and was used until 1934 when the county seat moved to Melba and the population rapidly declined. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the Owyhee Cattle and Horse Growers leased the building from Melba School District. A private museum of memorabilia of Owyhee County and Silver City was maintained on the upper level of the building since the 1960s. With the help of the May family and a federal grant the building has been extensively restored and is open to the public in the summer months. The school is part of the Silver City Historic District and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Historic Silver City Foundation, Inc. owns the Schoolhouse.  The Idaho Heritage Trust has been fortunate to be able to help with the Silver City School restoration project.  Silver City Schoolhouse is located in Owyhee County on a shallow bench on the east side of Jordan Creek in the north central portion of the Owyhee Mountains of southwest Idaho approximately 75 miles from Boise.

Red Brick School, Franklin, MA



Red Brick School

2 Lincoln Street

Franklin, MA 02038

The Red Brick School is a historic school in Franklin, Massachusetts. It was one of the oldest active one-room schools in the United States. The first school building on this site was a wooden one constructed after a minister named Nathanael Emmons took a 900-year lease on the land. The school was built at the corner of Maple Street and Main Street, although the latter is now called Lincoln Street and the school building is number two. The “Meeting House School” building and the 900-year lease were taken over by the town authorities. At this time it was known as the “school at the crossroads,” although it was also used by the Congregational church for their children’s Sunday-school classes. The school’s early association with religion was strong. In 1792 it was agreed that no school master should be appointed who did not “promise to pray in the school each day.The bricks that gave their name to this school building were shipped via oxen from Boston. This school was built on the foundation of the older, wooden schoolhouse in 1833. By 1835 Mortimer Blake was running a high school in the building that was proving so popular that it was overflowing despite the charges of 25 to 35 cents per week. They had to move the lessons to larger premises. In 1852 the church stopped having Sunday school at the same building.  The administration attempted to shut down the school during the Great Depression, due to its costs, but the townspeople rallied behind it. The school again almost closed in 1959, when it was declared unsafe, but the town of Franklin’s residents paid to have it refurbished.

As part of the Franklin Common Historic District, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.  In 2008, after 175 years of regular use, the Red Brick School, which was serving as a kindergarten for Franklin’s Public School System, was deemed to be “surplus” by the Franklin School Department. The school committee voted to close the school and turned the Red Brick School over to the control of the Town Of Franklin. The town, with community support, worked closely with the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School to incorporate the little Brick School into their educational offerings. Today the tradition of public education continues in this one room classroom, viewed by many as a town treasure. The school remains a large tourist attraction and is rarely used by the town of Franklin in an effort to let the school remain in clean shape. The Town of Franklin has claimed that the Red Brick School was the longest continuously-running one-room brick school house providing public education in the nation. That record was disputed by the town of Croydon, New Hampshire, which has a “one-room school house” whose building is fifty years older than the Red Brick School. However, the Croydon schoolhouse actually had two rooms, one used as a classroom and the other used as extra space, holding a table, a counter, cabinets, and a copy machine.

Daniel School House, Daniel, WY



Daniel School House

18 Schoolhouse Lane (County Road 208)

Daniel, WY 83115

The Daniel School is an early 20th Century rural school that represents education in an isolated, sparsely-populated ranching community. The Daniel School was built in 1920 and was used until 1939 when School District No. 8 was combined with Pinedale School District No. 1, and students were then transported to Pinedale for classes. In 1936 it had twenty pupils’ desks, two teachers’ desks, blackboards, a library, a coal stove for heat, individual drinking cups for water, artificial lights, and swings and seesaws in a fenced playground.  The Daniel School was constructed in 1920 by A.F. Atwood, General Contractor and Builder, from Big Piney, Wyoming. It is located on the western end of the small town of Daniel, on a level plain between the Green River to the north and Horse Creek to the south. This is an area rich in history, the location of several of the historic Green River Rendezvous that took place in the early 1800s. The School is a large, wood frame, one-story building, 28′ x 56′. With building materials from the Big Piney Lumber and Supply Company, the construction was finished in October. It appears to have been built from an architectural plan book provided by the school district, and the local contractor constructed the building to these specifications. The standard school plan is reflected in the high ceilings and relatively large floor space, a cloakroom, and large multi-paned banks of windows set high in the walls of opposite elevations.

At the time the school was built, Sublette County was sprinkled with a small number of large ranches spread out over large areas. Providing the children of the county an education presented a unique challenge due to the poor transportation and long winters. As a solution, numerous one-room schools were created to serve a few nearby ranches. Classes were often held in bunkhouses or other adapted buildings, or in small one-room log schools that could be easily moved from one location to another as needed. As the region became more settled and the towns began to grow in population early in the 20th century, more substantial permanent school buildings were built to replace the early log or frame one-room schools. Larger schools were built at Big Piney, Pinedale (the county seat), and in the smaller communities of Boulder, Calpet and Daniel. The Daniel school is representative of this second stage of educational development in the region. Although a modest facility, it represented a substantial physical improvement over the one-room log school that it replaced.

The Daniel School stood abandoned for years until the Daniel Homemaker Club, or Daniel Do Mores, acquired it in 1956. This community organization repaired and remodeled the building.  The interior of the Daniel School was divided into two rooms by a moveable partition and was easily converted to one large room for social functions. The building is situated facing east on a concrete foundation. It has a medium hip roof with a boxed cornice and is surfaced with wood shingles. The exterior walls are covered with narrow clapboard siding and cornerboards. There is a shallow gable-roofed closed porch centered in the east with twin wood paneled doors that form the main entrance. The closed porch once enclosed the cloakroom where the students hung their coats and stored their lunches. There is a tall rectangular bell tower with wood louvres and capped with a wood spire centered over the closed porch and entrance. The bell is still in place in the bell tower.  A gable-roofed open porch was added to the east side of the closed porch sometime after 1973. This is the only significant exterior alteration from the original design. Interior paneling and a lower false ceiling with new lights were added in 1974.  Now owned by the Daniel Community Center, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Finally, bathrooms and a new bell were added in 2001.

Port Republic School #7, Port Republic, MD



Port Republic School #7

3080 Broomes Island Road

Port Republic, MD 20676

​This original Port Republic School #7 schoolhouse was built on its present site circa 1868 and opened for children, grades 1 – 7, for families who lived in the Port Republic area of Calvert County, Maryland. What memories surround this little Southern Maryland school house. For over a hundred years it has stood in its shady grove on the grounds of Christ Church in Port Republic, Maryland. Here came the youth of Calvert County to sit at wooden desks, to open red and tan McGuffy Readers, to write on slates and to eat mid-day meals from tin lunch pails. Here during recess games of “Annie Over” and “Bug in the Gully,” they raced shouting over the sun-dappled play ground. Here a single, dedicated teacher taught reading, writing and arithmetic to seven grades of boys and girls in a classroom at times so crowded that the young students had to sit along the edge of the teacher’s platform or cram themselves into the aisles between the desks, their warm bodies supplementing the heat that in winter radiated from the iron chunk stove in the center of the room. The old school house remained in continuous use until the consolidation of schools in 1932, at which time it was closed, a victim of progress.  Abandoned and almost for gotten, it withstood the passing seasons. Colonies of bees sought refuge beneath its dilapidated roof and poison ivy crawled and wound over its neglected walls.

In 1957 the schoolhouse and its property were transferred to its present owner, Christ Church Parish.  The schoolhouse had suffered the ravages of time until 1976 when it was restored by the Calvert County Retired Teachers Association as a Bicentennial Year project.  On July 24, 1977, after months of hard work by teachers and community volunteers, the old school bell rang out once more and the little one-room school house, filled with its memories, memorabilia, and a video, was ready for visitors. Today groups of school children spend the day recreating a one-room school experience, including a walk through the woods to school and lessons taught as they would have been at the turn of the 20th century. The Calvert Retired School Personnel Association and the Friends of the One-Room Schoolhouse share responsibility for the maintenance and educational programs offered to school-age children and adults with an interest in historical buildings and education.  Currently, the Calvert County Public School curriculum includes a day at the schoolhouse for all fourth grade students who experience a typical day in a one-room school and learn about life in rural Calvert County, before electricity, indoor plumbing, cars, and buses.  The Schoolhouse, located at 3080 Broomes Island Road in Port Republic MD, is open by appointment and Open House days to be announced.