“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ypsilanti in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Town Hall School

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By Joel S., February 1, 2016
1. Town Hall School Marker
Inscription. The Town Hall School built on the Geddes farm, carries with it a rich family and educational tradition. The first Geddes came to this area in 1824 and the family possesses the 1827 deed to the farm signed by President John Quincy Adams. In 1852, William Geddes leased land for a school at the corner of Morgan and Thomas Roads to the Pitt (now Pittsfield) district for 99 years for 6-cents per year.

The previous Town Hall School was a brick building constructed in 1852. The existing wooden structure was built in 1895 at a cost of $677.50. This one-room school served as a social center for families in the community. Holiday celebrations were highlights of the year for all. From the 1880s, until its doors closed in 1957, student enrollment remained in the 30-40 range. One year during the depression there were only two students in attendance. At least 97 teachers taught here during the 105 years that the school was in session.

Eastern Michigan University, originally named Michigan State Normal School, was one of the first public teacher training institutions west of the Allegheny mountains. As the University's official sesquicentennial project, the Town Hall School was moved to the campus on July 7, 1987 and dedicated on October 22, 1988 and stands as a symbol of the University's commitment to teacher education. The Town
Town Hall School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., February 1, 2016
2. Town Hall School and Marker
Hall School brings history to life for current and future generations of students.
Erected by Washtenaw County Historic District Commission. (Marker Number YC-48.)
Location. 42° 14.953′ N, 83° 37.479′ W. Marker is in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on West Circle Drive 0.2 miles west of Oakwood Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ypsilanti MI 48197, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Michigan College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ypsilanti Water Tower (approx. mile away); Reverend John D. Pierce (approx. 0.4 miles away); Facing the Fire (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ladies' Literary Club House (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ypsilanti (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ypsilanti.
Categories. Education
Town Hall School image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., February 1, 2016
3. Town Hall School
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 143 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 22, 2016.
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