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A Look Inside the Quaint One-Room Schoolhouses of Yesteryear

They have so much charm even for those who never attended school in a one-room building. The old-fashioned schoolhouses often had a stove right in the middle or up front to keep the kids warm on cold days. Sometimes there was a chalkboard on the wall, but often there was not. The small rural communities that used these schools were soon too overcrowded for such small quarters in the 20th century, especially once compulsory education laws ensured that all children attended school the whole school year.

first schoolhouse in Sultan, Washington, 1895

Someone’s dog followed them to school that day! First schoolhouse in Sultan, Washington, 1895. Via/ Flickr

one-room schoolhouse in Colchester, Connecticut, in 1940

Busy at their schoolwork in Colchester, Connecticut, in 1940. Via/ Library of Congress

segregated school in Maryland 1940

Segregated schoolhouse in Maryland, 1940. Via/ Library of Congress

little red schoolhouse, Crossville, TN, 1935

“Little red schoolhouse,” Crossville, TN, 1935. Via/NYPL Digital Collections

1908 schoolhouse in Eastpoint, Florida.

1908 schoolhouse in Eastpoint, Florida. Via/ Flickr

segregated one room schoolhouse in Georgia, 1941

Segregated one room schoolhouse in Georgia, 1941. Via/ Library of Congress

sod school house in Decatur County, Kansas, 1907.

The last sod schoolhouse in Decatur County, Kansas, 1907. Via/ Library of Congress

These one-room schoolhouses were also used for other community activities as well – like town meetings and sometimes the buildings were also used for church services. The 1930s and 1940s was the last time that many of these schools were attended by children, though a few lingered on in rural areas where there weren’t enough families to warrant building a multi-grade school.

1890 schoolhouse, Fort Meyers, Florida

1890 schoolhouse, Fort Meyers, Florida. Via/ Flickr

students ringing the school bell, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1938

Students ringing the school bell, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1938. Via/ Library of Congress

schoolhouse being used for meeting of farmers, Adams County, North Dakota, 1942

Schoolhouse being used for meeting of farmers, Adams County, North Dakota, 1942. Via/ Library of Congress

one-room schoolhouse in Ledyard, Connecticut, in 1940

Schoolhouse in Ledyard, Connecticut, in 1940. Via/ Library of Congress

one room schoolhouse in Albany, NY, 1937

One-room schoolhouse in Albany County, New York, 1937. Via/ Library of Congress

one-room schoolhouse in 1922

Schoolhouse in 1922. Via/ Library of Congress

temporary schoolhouse, New Mexico, 1936.

Temporary schoolhouse, New Mexico, 1936. Via/ Library of Congress

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