In September 2007 we took a trip up to Racine, WI, and decided to come home a different way, just to have a scenic drive where we hadn't been before. So we took Wisconsin State Route 20 west out of town to see what we could see. We came across the Bell School a few miles east of East Troy. Nicely restored and used as a house.
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 on our Iowa One Room Schools blog. :oD Jill