Monroe Township’s Macedonia schoolhouse in Delaware County

Though it was never platted, a small community sprung up around the Macedonia post office at what’s now the intersection of East County Road 700-S and South County Road 200-E. A cemetery has existed in the area since 1840, but by 1881, William Suit operated a store there and a Mr. Gross acted as the village’s blacksmith1. A post office inside the store was discontinued in 1890 and the community subsequently shriveled up2. At some point later, the United Brethren Church immediately east of the cemetery was torn down to supply lumber for a grocery store on US-353

Photo taken April 24, 2021.

Aside from several houses and the cemetery, the only remaining building to mark the site of Macedonia is its old District 7 schoolhouse. Though the structure’s location is ambiguous on the Kingman Brothers’ 1874 map of Delaware County, by 1887 it stood at its present location on the land of Lydia Benbow4

In 1881, Margaret Marshall was the teacher5. It’s thought that the present building dates to around 19006, though it was likely constructed earlier than that. Prior to its closure after the 1921-22 school year7, a playground was located to the school’s northwest8.
The schoolhouse was the second-to-last to consolidate in Cowan, followed by Oakville in 1925. Today, the District 7 Macedonia schoolhouse appears to be used as a barn.

Sources Cited
1 Helm, T. B. (1881). Mount Pleasant Township. In History of Delaware County, Indiana: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. book, Kingman Brothers.
2 Kemper, G. W. H. (1908). Education in Delaware County. In A Twentieth Century History of Delaware County, Indiana, Volume 1. book, Lewis Publishing Company.
3 Hillman, R. (1986, July 8). Seen and Heard in Our Neighborhood. The Muncie Star. p. 4.
4 Griffing, B. N. (1887). An atlas of Delaware County, Indiana. map, Philadelphia, PA; Griffing, Gordon, & Company.
5 (See footnote 1). 
6 Delaware County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 1514400011000. Delaware County, Indiana Assessor. map, Muncie, IN.
7 Delaware County Public Schools. (1921). School directory, Delaware County public schools, Delaware County, Indiana 1921-1922. Muncie, IN. 
8 Hillman, R. (1986, July 8). Seen and Heard in Our Neighborhood. The Muncie Star. p. 4.

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