Adams Township’s Possum Glory schoolhouse in Madison County

Many frame schoolhouses were erected in Adams Township during 1854, two years after a state law that allowed for the operation of free, common schools went into effect1. In 1880, a frame District 1 schoolhouse was located on the land of Granville Ellison in Section 2 of Adams Township, just east of Sly Fork at what would later become West County Road 500-South2.

Photo taken August 10, 2021.

The school was erected in a heavily-timbered site remote from other settlements; in 1880, there wasn’t so much as a dirt road leading to it3. For this reason, it was called Lost Woods4. Later, the school was known as Possum Glory5 likely due to the preponderance of wildlife in the area6!

The schoolhouse I took a picture of was built in 18867 about half of a mile east of the original building. In 1922, the state board of health issued orders condemning the schoolhouse as unsanitary, along with five others in Adams Township8. That year, the school at Markleville was expanded and remodeled9. A new, consolidated school called Fall Creek Heights opened in 192810 and it appears as though the District 1 school, along with Districts 2, 3, and 5, were abandoned at that time11.

Today, the District 1 schoolhouse is a dwelling but Possum’s Glory is one of the best schoolhouse names I’ve ever come by.

Sources Cited
1 Forkner, J. (1914). History of Madison County Indiana. A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1. book, The Lewis Publishing Company. Chicago, IL.
2 Kingman Brothers. (1880). History of Madison County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. Chicago, IL.
3 (See footnote 2).
4 Bock, G. (1970, October 29). Adams Township Had Ten School Districts. Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 4.
5 Phillips, V.B. (1975, July 27). ‘Brush, Swamp’ Days Recalled. The Anderson Herald. p. 11.
6 Jackson, S. T. (2018, June 10). Of Lost Woods, Poley Walk and other odd place names . The Herald Bulletin. Web. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
7 Madison County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 48-13-02-400-001.000-001
8 Condemns Six Adams Township School Buildings (1922, April 14). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.
9 Bock, G. (1969, June 3). This is Year of Last Good Bye for Markleville H.S.. Anderson Daily Bulletin. p. 4.
10 School Terms to Close Next Week (1928, April 14). The Elwood Call-Leader. p. 1.
11 Plat Book of Madison County Indiana (n.d.) W. W. Hixson & Co. Rockford, IL. map. Map Collection, Indiana Division, Indiana State Library.

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