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Historic qualities of Washington County schoolhouse recognized

2011-03-28T14:32:00Z 2011-03-29T12:06:25Z Historic qualities of Washington County schoolhouse recognizedLYDIA Glens Falls Post-Star
March 28, 2011 2:32 pm  • 

EASTON -- The one-room schoolhouse at the Washington County Fair has gained some national recognition for its historic heritage.

The Perkins Hollow One Room School, which was built on the Beaty Farm in Salem in 1853, has been placed on the National Schoolhouse Registry.

Dale Prouty, a retired teacher and volunteer at the Washington County Fair Farm Museum, filled out the historic nomination. He said the schoolhouse is a preserved time capsule.

When it closed in 1910, Prouty said, it was like someone just "shut the doors."

The blackboard, he said, is a board painted black and the map on the wall from 1853 shows the United States when it only stretched to the Mississippi River.

The schoolhouse was donated to the fair's Farm Museum in 1977.

Unlike the National Register of Historic Places, Prouty said, the Country School Association of America does not require the buildings on its register to be in their original locations.

The association recognizes school buildings and their unique architectural and historic heritage. Markers are awarded to school buildings, which are at least 50 years old, that have been preserved, restored or reconstructed to retain the integrity of their original design.

The Farm Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7 and a public dedication of the historic marker and ceremony highlighting the school will take place at 1 p.m. at the Washington County Fair museum complex, located on Old Schuylerville Road in Greenwich.

This is the second historic award for the Perkins Hollow One Room School. In 1984, the schoolhouse received a Washington County Historic Preservation Award.

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