Harrison Township’s Blackford schoolhouse in Blackford County

Harrison Township’s old District 3 schoolhouse, known as Blackford, sits three miles east of Montpelier on Highway 18. It likely took its name from the county whose students it served which was named for John Blackford, a state speaker of the house and Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. The extant brick structure was built around 1900. In 1905, it sat on the land of S.S. Norton1.

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The ruins of America’s first consolidated schoolhouse, in Raleigh, Indiana

What’s left of the Washington Township Public School sits just east of Raleigh, an unincorporated community in the northeastern corner of Rush County. Local legend -and even a boulder that sits out front- proclaims the building to have been Indiana’s first consolidated school in the nation1. Fact or fiction, the building’s remains are among the most compelling schoolhouse ruins I’ve ever come across.

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Knox Township’s Beaver Hill schoolhouse in Jay County

John Bergdoll was an early settler in Jay County, one of three people to arrive in Knox Township in 18411. At some point, probably in the 1850s or 1860s, he deeded the trustee of Knox Township about an acre of land to establish a schoolhouse on. Eventually, the institution evolved into Knox Township’s District 7 schoolhouse, known commonly as Beaver Hill2.

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What’s left of Licking Township’s Corn Cob schoolhouse in Blackford County

Not much is left of Licking Township’s District 3 schoolhouse, commonly known as Corn Cob. The school was one of Blackford County’s earliest to be discontinued, in 1907, under a law that compelled township trustees to shut down schools whose attendance had fallen below twelve pupils, as well as to provide transportation for all students who lived two miles from the school they were compelled to attend1. Upon the school’s closure, its students were conveyed to the District 5 school, known as Pleasant Grove2

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Wayne Township’s Fairview schoolhouse in Hamilton County

A schoolhouse has stood at the southwestern corner of what’s now Cyntheanne Road and East 156th Street since at least 1866, when a District 12 building -known as Fairview- was located on land owned by the Stanford family1. The structure was of frame construction at least as of the 1892-93 school term2, a year before one of the most dramatic and tragic accidents to occur in Hamilton County happened on its site. 

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What’s left of Harrison Township’s Goodboo schoolhouse in Blackford County

It’s said that the Harrison Township’s District 4: Goodboo schoolhouse took its unusual name from a Native American word meaning “good morning1.” More likely, it took its name from a small community that sprung up in the Godfroy Reserve, an Indian reservation named after Miami chief Francis Godfroy, who was granted land here in 1818. The settlement included homes, a church, a schoolhouse, and a trading post; it was named after an Indian who married one of Godfroy’s daughters2.

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Jay County’s White Oak schoolhouse from the air

Most everyone who’s met me knows about my fascination with old one-room schoolhouses and my erratic compulsion to find all of them that still exist across all of East Central Indiana. As it stands, I’m pretty sure that I’ve been to all of the old schoolhouses in Delaware, Madison, Blackford, and Randolph counties. Hamilton County isn’t far behind.

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