This museum collection of buildings is two miles south of Sharpsville, IN on US31, on the NW corner of the junction with County Road 550N. "Public School, 1887, District No. 9," was moved here. We were traveling from Dayton, OH to Peru, IN to visit the Grissom AFB aviation museum on 12/5/06 when we spied this beautiful structure. My digital camera was only two weeks old, so this is the first school using something besides my 35mm Pentax.
While we were taking photos, a gentleman pulled up and asked us if we wanted to see the inside. Although the museum wasn't open for business that day, he was the overseer and was there for some other business, so he thought we might want to see the inside. It has been nicely restored.
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