Former schoolhouse now a home in Vistula

One-room schoolhouses were scattered throughout townships many years ago. Depending on the township, you could usually find a school every couple of miles or so at the most. Before busing, many walked to school or rode a horse or a mule. Some of the old one-room schools are still standing and some have been remodeled or renovated into houses, as is the case with this one in York Township, Elkhart County on the south edge of the small unincorporated community of Vistula. In the early 1850s a railroad line (still in use today) came through and a small community evolved and was platted in lots. The brick school was built in 1900. It replaced a wood frame building built on the same site in 1875. The school had a chimney at each end of the building and was heated by two stoves. It closed in the spring of 1953 and students were then bussed to the new York Center School. Later renovated into a home, it is located on the east side of County Road 35, once known as the Middlebury Road, and near the railroad tracks.

Former one-room schoolhouse in Vistula.

Former one-room schoolhouse in Vistula.


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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