Saving Gillespie County's One-Room Schools: How One Group Works to Preserve History
Okay, I'm going to be completely honest here and say that when I was asked to write an article for The Texas Wildflower magazine about the "Gillespie County Schoolhouse Tour", I was a bit confused. The what? What schoolhouses and why would you tour them?
But, then I did a bit of research. Did you know that at one point there were 200,000 one-room schoolhouses, or "country schools", in America? Yes, I'm talking "Little House on the Prairie"-style schools where kids of all ages learned together under one teacher and from each other as they worked side-by-side. This method of learning has seen a bit of a come-back in recent times as homeschooling, co-ops, and Montessori instruction have gained in popularity, but the original country schools of America have all but disappeared. Now, I understand why they are important and why it is significant that one Hill Country non-profit group is working so hard to save their county's country schools!
So, for all the details on how this organization came to be, what they're currently doing with those old buildings, how you can tour them, and how you can support the mission to preserve this wonderful part of our Texas history, you'll want to be sure to READ THE FULL ARTICLE over at The Texas Wildflower.
And tell us, did you attend a one-room school yourself? Or know someone who did and have stories to share? We'd love to hear them in the comments!
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