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“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”
~Jacob Bronowski

This is the old well house for an old public schoolhouse in Ulster Heights, NY, USA (see images below for the school and read details) The well is still intact inside, and the water chute remains (lower left corner of building) An outhouse also stood further down the property, which has now fallen to total decay. This is where the children would “fetch” fresh water used by the school. The old schoolhouse(pictured below) which taught children up to eighth grade in the early 1900’s, in Ulster Heights, NY, USA, was closed in 1950. The school at one time sat closer to the road near the old well pump and outhouse on this property, and also housed the library in the upstairs portion of this building. The school was closed in 1950 after centralization of schools in the area took place.

The building was moved some years back to this location in the midst of the field, with a large foundation now attached for reasons unknown. Rumor has it the owners intended to open the school and build on as a historical landmark that would be open to the public…once the building was moved no further work has progressed, it has been left to fall to ruins now.

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  • maggie326
    maggie326about 2 years ago

    wonderful capture Pamela

  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Superbly captured great find Pamela.

  • Thank you Julie!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 2 years ago

    It is a shame to see such a part of our history being left to rack and ruin!!!! An excellent capture!!!!

  • Thanks Bill, I am going to try to get more info on this and find out why it is being left to rot!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    Excellent presentation of this oldie. Great info to go with it

  • Thanks very much Bro!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoabout 2 years ago

    Very interesting take. I was from NY so I find this not only interesting but I’m amazed how things have changed in the past 60 years.I was born shortly after this was closed so it makes me feel ancient as well as to see the progress that was made with schools when I went.Of course I lived on the outskirts of NYC. LOL. ☺

  • I well remember many schoolhouses still open in the late fifties here in the area. It is an amazing area…thanks for sharing that you are a native New Yorker!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Pamela and great find!

  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • swaby
    swabyabout 2 years ago

    What a shame, if only the walls could talk! Lots of history to be left to nature! Beautifully capture and wonderful read!

  • I would love to go inside…am trying to contact the owners for permission as it is posted! Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • teresa731
    teresa731about 2 years ago

    Cool capture!!

  • Wow! What a wonderful honor once again! Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

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