Doolittle One-room School Visits (with pictures)
Friday, June 15, 2018
Every June the 4th graders from our local elementary school visit our local rebuilt one-room Doolittle Schoolhouse. It was originally built in 1847 and used until 1952. It was abandoned
for a long time until the 1990s when some local women wrote for a grant to have repaired and used as a museum.
This year there were 3 visits of about 20 children for 2 hours each. My friend Polly and I are the school Marms
Behind us is the school library. (2nd pic)
They learn what a typical day in a one-room Schoolhouse was like and the difference in education now and then.
Polly is explaining our roll-down 1897 map of New York State. Behind her is the original blackboard made of wooden boards painted black.
Here I am reading to the children from one of my books about a typical school day back then.
Polly holds a spelling bee every year. This is the kids favorite thing and they look forward to it each year when they come.
If the weather is nice they go outside to play Duck, duck, goose. (They love this too!)
Finally the bus picks them up and brings them back to school. We stand outside, waving goodbye.
We also have about four well-attended open houses every summer.