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Former Pittsfield one-room schoolhouse moved to new location

PITTSFIELD TWP. — The Pittsfield Township Historical Society’s one-room schoolhouse slowly made its way down state Route 58 on Monday to its new location near the Township Hall.

Guided by the Ohio Highway Patrol, workers lifted telephone lines to clear the way for the old building, which was transferred by Klier Structural Movers. Residents stood and watched as the building was pulled into the parking lot, where it would eventually be unloaded.

Ralph Hayes, treasurer of the Pittsfield Township Historical Society, said the schoolhouse will temporarily be at the corner of state Routes 58 and 303. The schoolhouse eventually will sit at the site of the township’s former garage when the garage is demolished, Hayes said.

Previously, the schoolhouse was on the east side of state Route 58 just north of Merriam Road.

Shawn Godwin, a professor and Cleveland-based historic preservation and restoration specialist who worked on the schoolhouse, said the schoolhouse will be open occasionally for tours and meetings. There is still work to be done on the inside, although renovation on the outside of the building is complete.

The schoolhouse is an important part of the township’s history, according to Godwin, who estimated that building was built between 1836 and 1846.

“It’s unique because it’s possibly the oldest school left in the Western Reserve,” he said.

The schoolhouse is one of the only historical buildings remaining in the township after a tornado blew through in 1965, destroying most of the town center.

The schoolhouse was last used as a farm machine shop and storage building on the old Joe and Mary McConnell farm, now owned by Doug Hurst, who donated the building to the historical society.

Since then, the society has been fundraising to renovate the building, which has been a five-year process.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

 

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