Former Jackson Township Schoolhouse

Can you imagine going to school in a building this size? Not likely, but it used to be normal for those living in rural areas. Shown is the former Gilbert School building at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and County Road 127 in Jackson Township, Elkhart County. It was built in 1890 to replace a wood frame building. The school closed in 1913 and students were then sent to nearby Bethany School. Now the building is used for storage on a farm. Dean Garber’s book about one-room schoolhouses in Elkhart County is a valuable historical resource.

Old schoolhouse in Jackson Township


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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2 Responses to Former Jackson Township Schoolhouse

  1. HattieBelle says:

    That is by Baintertown. It is used to store hay. One of my grandfathers (not sure how many back) was among the first settlers in Jackson township. His son was the first person to be married in Jackson Township and to cast the first vote. You do SUCH a good job with this blog. Fascinating reading.

    • historynut11 says:

      Thanks for your comments. Actually I believe this particular schoolhouse building is at U.S. 6 and County Road 127. There is one at Baintertown that I have photos of, too.

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