Schoolhouse still stands near South Whitley

I was driving to South Whitley from Huntington one day last year and noticed this old building at the corner of State Road 105 and County Road 800 South in Cleveland Township near South Whitley.  Built in 1909, the concrete block building served as a one-room schoolhouse at one time. According to the Indiana Landmarks inventory of historical structures in Whitley County, it was known as the Bash Hill School and served as the District No. 5 school in the township. Schools were located only so far apart in each township to ensure no child would have to go too far to get to a school. Of course in 1909 there would have been very few, if any, automobiles in the area and most kids walked or rode a horse or mule to school. There was a bell tower on the roof near the front of the school which has since been removed. I’ve seen old photos of the school with the bell tower still on it. As you can see in the photo, the doors and windows have been boarded up and part of the staircase at the front entrance was removed. I don’t know what, if anything, the building is used for today. It is located on a farm I believe.

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Former Bash Hill School near South Whitley in Whitley County.

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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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