Harrison Center School building still stands in Elkhart County

Here’s another former old schoolhouse building still standing in Elkhart County. According to Dean Garber’s book about one-room schoolhouses in Elkhart County, Harrison Center School (the building still standing) was built in 1911. It is an almost square two story brick building with a hip roof. A tall brick belfry was built over the one story front entrance, while in the main part were multi room classrooms in the two story portion. Yellow Creek flows nearby the building to the north. The building is located on the northeast corner of county roads 11 and 36. After 1954 the school was rented out for a while. A new Harrison Center School was completed in 1954 about one mile to the south. I’m not sure if the building is being used now, but the county property records online show it is owned by the Old Wisler Mennonite Church. It is another reminder of the past when school buildings were smaller and they were scattered throughout each township.

Old schoolhouse in Harrison Township, Elkhart County.

Old schoolhouse in Harrison Township, Elkhart County.


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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