In 1880, the Van Buren Township District 2 schoolhouse was located just west of the C.W. & M. Railroad (Kingman, 1880), now the Norfolk Southern line, on the Mastic farm. That year, a Zion church sat immediately to the schoolhouse’s east1.
The brick building that still stands appears to have been built in 18992. Ten years later, the bulk of Van Buren Township’s schools proposed a plan to consolidate into Summitville’s District 3 Oak Grove School3. That year, the District 2 school, known as White Hall4, was still in operation.
By 1920, only the Oak Grove, North Summitville, and Harmony schools were still in existence, the remainder having consolidated5.
In 1929, a family from Fairmount, on their way home, saw a meteor the size of a car crash to earth half a mile north of the White Hall school6. Families driving past today are met with less drama: My parents drove by it one day a couple of years ago, before I started cataloging the schoolhouses of Madison Township. It shocked me I didn’t know of this one!
Today, the old schoolhouse appears to be used for agricultural storage. It’s the only remaining one-room schoolhouse in Van Buren Township.
1 Kingman Brothers. (1880). History of Madison County, Indiana with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. Chicago, IL.
2 Madison County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 2021 48-01-17-100-006.000-036.
3 May Combine Schools. (1909, July 15). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 4.
4 Jackson, S. T. (2021, August 13). Madison County schoolhouses. email.
5 Enrollment at Oak Grove Breaks Record. (1921, September 17). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 4.
6Vetor Family Saw a Meteor Fall to Earth (1929, July 27). The Alexandria Times- Tribune. p. 1.