Kardtects loves to explore interesting places; places you can take a family to visit as well. Many of the places we visit and share on Kardtects Korner are historical in nature. The past adventures, lives, and places of history are truly intriguing to learn about, and Kardtects enjoys writing about these things (and building there!) The following is a brief look into old school houses and how these one room buildings are now a part of history.
It’s charming to think about how all ages of children would sit together in one room, listen, and learn. I enjoyed going to the open house of one (see images below), and then taking the rest of the day to travel around and see some other schoolhouses in the area.
Along with teaching students, the teachers of these one room schools would arrive early to build a fire in order to have the school ready and warm for children. They would also divvy out chores to children according to age in order to keep the school kept up. The older children often times helped bring in water, load firewood into the furnace, and helped with the younger children. The younger children were in charge of cleaning the desks, floors, and blackboards. It was a home away from home, and together, the group was much like a family. Below is a picture which is part of the exhibit at the Moorseburg Pa. Schoolhouse:
One of the more interesting architectural elements of historic schoolhouses are those built in an Octagonal shape. The reason for this is debated. Some seem to think this type of frame was built because it was thought to withstand windstorms better. Other thoughts link the interesting architectural design for a way to provide more light inside the schoolroom, easier to warm, or being influenced by the Quaker movement during the times.
I was able to visit one of the Octagonal shaped schools believed to have been built in either 1812 or 1835. It is named the Sodom School of Pennsylvania, a few miles out of Lewisburg.
Of course since Kardtects builds fun everywhere, we hid a ‘card house’ in the image of it. Please enjoy the schoolhouse, while having fun looking for the Kardtects card house……(The card house isn’t hidden very hard, though)
Here are other images of our adventures:
Can you find the ‘Kardtects Card House’ in the School Room?
Kardtects Builds Fun Everywhere!