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Douglas in Allegan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Old School House

History Center and Back-in-Time Garden

 
 
The Old School House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
1. The Old School House Marker
Inscription. The School House opened its doors in 1867, replacing a one-room school nearby. Known then as the Douglas Union School and part of a new public school consolidation movement in Michigan, the school offered classes at all grades—pioneering in free high school education. The building served as a principal place for village activities and was designed to be the most impressive building in the village. Today it is the oldest remaining union school building in Michigan; it ceased to be a school in 1957.

Today, the structure stands as one of Michigan’s finest examples of Civil War era school architecture and, once again, a place for activity and discovery. Along with new gardens, the building was restored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society (2006-12) as a place for the study, presentation, exhibition, and preservation of Saugatuck and Douglas area history.
 
Erected by Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 38.63′ N, 86° 12.236′ W. Marker is in Douglas, Michigan, in Allegan County. Marker can be reached from W. Center Street west of N. Union Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on the trellis in the southwest corner of the
The Old School House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
2. The Old School House Marker
Located on trellis in southwest corner of Old Schoolhouse property
Old Schoolhouse property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 W. Center Street, Douglas MI 49406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Douglas Union School (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Historic Douglas (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Asa Goodrich House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Baldhead (within shouting distance of this marker); Dutcher Lodge No. 193 / Douglas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sarah M. Kirby House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Singapore, Michigan (approx. ¾ mile away); Saugatuck Engine House (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Douglas.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Marker Trellis in Front of The Old School House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
3. Marker Trellis in Front of The Old School House
The Old School House (Douglas Union School) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
4. The Old School House (Douglas Union School)
Rear of The Old School House (Douglas Union School) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
5. Rear of The Old School House (Douglas Union School)
 
 
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