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Amherst in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Williamsville School No.9

c. 1880

 
 
Williamsville School No.9 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
1. Williamsville School No.9 Marker
Inscription. Williamsville School #9, originally located at New and Smith Roads, served farm families living in the northeastern part of Amherst. I was used as a school until the early 1950s. As many as 36 students, ranging in age from 4-18, attended it at any one time.

This schoolhouse has been restored as closely as possible to its appearence between 1880-1890. It is an excellent example of late 19th-century vernacular schoolhouse architecture with bonneted windows in the Italianate style. The rondel over the entrance door identifies the school and its construction date. The interior south wall and the teacher's platform have been rebuilt, and the original floorong has bee exposed and repaired. The original exterior and interior paint colors have ben replicated.

The desks were all two-seaters similar to the pair of desks on the front of the room. You can still see the marks on the floor where the original desks were anchored. The single-seat desks now being used, while not original to this building, are from the same time period.

The stove has been placed where charred floor planking indicated its original location. Older boys were responsible for bringing in wood and keeping the fire burning. In winter, the stove was also used to heat lunches or dry wet mittens.

In 1885, Grover Cleveland was president of the United
Front & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
2. Front & Marker
States. His portrait hangs on the wall in this school to indicate the pride that area residents may have felt in having someone from Erie County in the White House.

The typical school day lasted from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. At Noon, the students ate ouside during good weather. AFter lunch they helped with school chores or played games. According to oral histories, children attending this school sometimes played "flood", a tag type of game they made up because the ground around the school was often wet or flooded due to its proximity to Ransom Creek.

It was not until after 1900, when increased immigration led to a heightened interest in Americanization, that schools commonly had the American flag inside. The flag on this flagpole has 38 stars, as there were only 38 states in 1880.

Willamsville School #9 was closed in 1951. In 1953, the building was sold to Alfred Jurek Post #1672 and was utilized as a youth center. Ransom Oaks Development purchased the land in 1971 and donated the building to Amherst Museum prior to the cinstruction of the houses and townhouses which now stand at the site.
 
Erected by Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village; marker sponsored by Williamsville Rotary Foundation.
 
Location. 43° 4.943′ N, 78° 43.703′ W. Marker is in
South Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
3. South Side
Amherst, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tonawanda Creek Road and New Road. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Buffalo NY 14228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bigelow House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweet Home Common School No.15 (about 400 feet away); Transit Road Church (about 500 feet away); The Erie Canal at Amherst (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pendleton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Controlling Water in the Erie Canal (approx. 3.5 miles away); Town of Clarence - Swormville (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Amherst.
 
Also see . . .  Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. (Submitted on May 20, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Education
 
North Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
4. North Side
Williamsville School No.9 & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
5. Williamsville School No.9 & Marker
Williamsville School No.9 Display image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 8, 2015
6. Williamsville School No.9 Display
Inside the main exhibit building. It reads: Williamsville School No.9. This school stood on the northwest corner of Smith and New Roads. Built in 1880 it schooled children until the 1950s. In 1973, threatened by growing development, it moved to the museum.

When it first arrived, the school was thought to be red originally. Working with the Buffalo State Art Conservation department on paint analysis, it was determined that the original color was yellow and the school was repainted to its original color.

When this building traveled down New Road to the Museum's current site, the Museum paid for dropping every utility line. How many utility lines do you see crossing the street when you ride down New Road?
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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