My mother-in-law is now 97 years young. Her years have allowed her to experience so many things that we can only imagine, like her years at a one room school house. The school is now open on weekends for the public to visit. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon we took her for a visit. She pointed out where her old desk was and immediately started to reminisce.
She attended the Lindley Murray School. Built in 1850, it was named after a famous grammarian who was born in 1745 in a home near his father’s mill just north of Harper’s Tavern in Lebanon County, PA. After the Revolutionary War, he left the United State and settled in England, where he wrote textbooks.
In 1944 the school was closed and the government bought it as part of Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. The building was used as a paint shop for the military.
In 1970 a group of high school students restored the school as a project for the country’s bicentennial, based on the memories of a student who attended the school in 1890.
The high school students kept a log of the whole process which took 2 years.
I was amazed at how good the property looked.
Compare this tiny school with the jumbo sized schools of today!
Except for hip and back problems she’s in excellent health. She gets her hair done every week and still paints her nails, always wears stylish clothes and jewelry and never goes without wearing earrings and a watch. Until last year she colored her hair but now she wears it her natural color, a silver gray. I love the color!
Here she’s trying to find herself and her sisters in old photos.
I think she really enjoyed looking back and being in her old school.
She found 2 of her sisters but never found herself in any of the pictures because they didn’t have a photo of every year..
The desks on the right side of the room were much smaller than those on the left.
It was pretty amazing to see an old school like this completely restored. Those high school students did a great job.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to attend a one room school?
The old coal stove in the corner had several uses; it was used for heat, to warm lunches and dry mittens.
An old school bell was handy for the teacher. I’d love to have that old map!
I think the light fixture was for candles or maybe a gas light or lantern.
There was even the restored organ in the corner.
The old books were fun to look at.
I found this one interesting, Hygiene, Alcohol and Narcotics. I guess substance abuse is nothing new.
In 1928 when she attended the school they used outhouses.
Here is Catherine with her 80 year old cousin. They both look great.
Here’s a short video of her talking about her memory. I’ve been trying to learn how to take videos and edit them that’s why this is so short.
She is so lucky to be healthy at her age but sometimes it’s hard for her because she can’t do all the things she wants to do and used to do. With the passing of both my parents in the last few years I try to prepare my husband for the day when she is no longer with us.
Appreciate your elderly parents, they can still teach you a lot!
Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))