Adams Township’s Ovid schoolhouse in Madison County

The Adams Township community of New Columbus was named by Abraham Adams when he laid the town out in 1834. Unfortunately, the moniker he chose was the same as a community that already existed in Bartholomew County. When the post office was established three years later it was called Ovid1. Today, signs at the community’s edge call it “New Columbus or Ovid.”

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Adams Township’s Dead Dog schoolhouse in Madison County

The first District 3 schoolhouse in Adams Township was a log building “up on the hill on Art Hennings’ property1.” Around 1854, a frame structure was completed next to the Dunkard (German Baptist) Church that still stands on New Columbus Road south of what’s now East County Road 500-South, an area sometimes referred to as Old Columbus. Accordingly, the schoolhouse was known as the Dunkard school2. In 1877, a brick schoolhouse was built in what was called the “Fesler District3” that measured 23×38 feet and cost $1,100. That school, the one that still stands, was an exact replica of Adams Township’s District 8: Collier schoolhouse.

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