Friday, February 12, 2016

Bunker Hill School- Manatee Historical Village



This school served the Bunker Hill area from 1908 until 1929. 

 There were from ten to twenty-five students attending during the school-year which ran from August through December in the early years and eventually was increased to seven and then nine months. Classes began at 8:00 A.M. and were dismissed at 4:30 P.M.

 Students were from six to twenty-one years of age and from the 1st through 8th grade.
  

The school was acquired by B.D. Gullett in 1929, dismantled and moved to his property near Duette. It served as a home for Mr. Gullett and later his daughter, Sallie Gullett Bradley, for sixty years.

It was moved to the Manatee Village Historical Park in the fall of 1989 and restored as a one-room school by dedicated volunteer labor. 

UPDATE: Rebecca asked why there are two doors on the school. I had no idea. Searched Sir Google and found the answer... One for boys and one for girls, they were segregated and sat on different sides.
Here is the LINK to find the info on the 2 door thing, including homes and churches in the late 1800's.
 



 Food was not provided by the school, but was brought each day by the students in a lunch pail and was usually staple food that was normally served on the family table.

I attended a 2 room school much like this one in 1953 in Kentucky. There were 6 of us in 4th grade and we shared a room with 1st through 4th.. I had never had water from a bucket with a shared dipper. I decided to make a  cup by folding  a sheet of notebook paper into a hat,

When I pumped the water into it... YOU KNOW WHAT happened... I did learn to drink from that dipper.



17 comments:

Mersad said...

Looks almost exactly the same like the one from "Little House on the Prairie". The interior is so charming and inviting looking with all the wood and other details.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Ann said...

What a nice schoolhouse. My dad attended a one room school. He had told us about it many times and although we drove by where it used to be it was long gone by that time.
I can't imagine being 21 and still in 8th grade :)

Linda P said...

This school reminds me of the ones I've read about in my favourite children's books of days gone by. I taught in a one room school, but it has been divided into two rooms and, of course, it's just for children. It dates from the Victorian era and my daughter teaches there now. It can get noisy even with a small number of children. "Be seen and not heard" would have been the old motto, unless spoken to by the teacher. Love the teacher's desk. I wonder what the basket was for?

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the school house is neat. I have seen similar schoolhouses in different places. That range of ages is amazing for grades 1 through 8. Wonderful photos!

Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

rebecca haegele said...

Cute story about the dipper. Why are there 2 front doors?

Rose said...

We didn't have to drink from a dipper at school...but our school was 4 rooms, two grades to a room. Our class had 10 students. We only had cold water so at lunch washed our hands with cold water.

Madi and Mom said...

Simpler less complicated times. Thank you for the lovely photos and reminders.
Hugs Cecilia

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Loved this post! It brings back so many memories. Our one room school only had 1 door, but I do remember the bucket and dipper. The students took a glass to school and they sat on a shelf and we filled them with water from the bucket when we needed a drink. We raised fingers during class to indicate whether we needed a drink, go to the outhouse, or speak to the teacher. I loved this little school and was scared to death when I had to go to a much bigger one in town after the country schools closed. Ah, memories. Have a nice weekend!

carolann said...

i too love this post.

Interesting to me.

Thanks for sharing my friend.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I went to the last one room school house,in NY state, until the end of 5th grade when they closed it--it was for grades 1-6th and then you did get bused into a large school 20 miles away--so I had a long bus ride once they closed the school--I also walked that 1 1/4 miles on country roads and back home nearly every day--those where the good ole days--( I am only 67 now)
thanks for sharing about this school--
love and laughter, di

TexWisGirl said...

glad they restored it to a school. :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

I attended a one room school from Kindergarten to Grade 8.All grades were in one room,taught by one teacher.Two entrances,one for boys and one for girls,although we did sit together as the grades were.Outhouses were the order of the day and no running water.

Felicia said...

love old buildings like this.

pattisjarrett said...

I love that you tried to make your own cup from paper. That process has been perfected! You were ahead of your time, girl!

Denise inVA said...

Lovely old place, lovely photos. I was thinking the same thing about the two doors, one for boys, one for girls.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I find it very interesting that you attended a school like this. I attended a very modern brand new school a block away from our home.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! What a lot of work to convert back into a school after it had been a house for 60 years!