Number 3 Schoolhouse (1873-1939)
This schoolhouse was constructed in 1873 and became one of five one-room schoolhouses in use throughout Wooster Township prior to the incorporation of graded schools in the early 20th century. The building was used for storage from 1939 to 1964. Desiring to preserve the historic school and use it for living history demonstrations, members of the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio moved the school from its original location at the intersection of State Route 250 and McCoy Road and restored the building to match the way it would have appeared in the late 19th century. The schoolhouse is now open for tours and events throughout the year.
Backstory and Context
The Number Three schoolhouse was built in 1873 and held its last class in 1939. It was then used for storage until the Triway Board of Education donated the schoolhouse to the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio in 1964. The building was dismantled and rebuilt at is present location between 1964 and 1966. The society held a dedication ceremony for the schoolhouse on December 7, 1966.
Today, the schoolhouse has been restored to look as it might have in the 19th century. It features a reed pump organ, antique writing pens, early typewriters, and an 1856 map of Wayne County. The one-room schoolhouse is also available to rent for events. Recently, for example, the Wayne County Historical Society hosted Professor Virginia Gunn as she gave a lecture on the “Textiles and Lifestyles of the Downton Abbey Era.”
What’s Up? Events around Wayne, Holmes counties, April 3. The Daily Record. April 03, 2014. Accessed October 02, 2018. http://www.the-daily-record.com/lifestyle/20140403/whats-up-events-around-wayne-holmes-counties-april-3.