Friday, June 5, 2015

Schools out for the summer

On our travels we sometimes go to see one thing and end up finding another. We had heard about an abandoned Odd Fellow's lodge in the tiny town of New Bedford and went for a look.  Well, we did indeed find the old lodge but right around the corner was an abandoned grade school!

It was a charming red brick building that replaced the original school in 1934 and it has a simple look to it with Art Deco touches. Looking inside the windows takes one back in time. The high ceilings and use of woodwork helps cement the image of a mid century small town school. There's even some figures left on the old blackboard as if the teacher had written up a lesson and left it for some future class to work out.

The basement looked kind of creepy and one can almost picture being sent down there for detention ( And to scare the willies out of you ! ). As a final touch there's a huge rose bush right by the door that someone planted years ago perhaps to give the place a woman's touch?  If you're ever in the area stop and pay homage to this relic of higher education.














8 comments:

  1. Joquena Johnson owns this place ,plans are to fix it up as a house ,the Johnsons have the huge fancy house around the corner next to their trucking company by the New Bedford Post Office.

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    1. Good to know! Thanks for the information.

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  2. My dad (who is 63) went to school here.

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  3. I too am 63 and went there. Who is your Dad?
    Jerry Jacibson

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  4. Tom Peterson and I am 67 years old. I went here for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. for 5 and 6 the Manlius kids came to school here as well. When you came in the main door the steps led up to the two classrooms (1-3 grades on left and 4-6 grades on right). The basement then was not scary but was where we held school performances and Christmas pageants. Later my nephews and nieces went to school here and my mother taught kindergarten here. The large ramp and garage door on the right was built years later to store the volunteer fire department fire engine. The old engine storage building was no longer useable. Last I heard, the building was going to be used to process prairie grass seed for conservationists. I truly hope the current owners find a way to preserve and use this great old building! Greetings from San Antonio.

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    1. San Antonio? Wow! Thanks for taking the time to comment Thomas!

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  5. Jerry Jacobson I attended he school for all six years of my early days. I loved the place. Often you would be in the same classroom with your siblings, maybe even helping them. The place was anything but scary. It was quite comfortable for all of us. During the early winter months we would each practice for an all school production and presented to all of our parents and the community.. Once school let out and the flag had been taken down most of us would return after supper to play an evening of baseball with all the kids in town. Age was not a factor. Once in a while we would play a game against the students from the school over in Thomas. Great time and many new friends. For me it was where I learned to sing, act and be able to speak in front of people. I loved the place and have many great memories. Bertha Hess was my teacher for the majority of those years.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I'm always fascinated by hearing little slices of days gone by.

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