“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Linwood in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Leedsville Schoolhouse

Leedsville Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
1. Leedsville Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. The Leedsville Schoolhouse, also known as Linwood School #1, was built in 1873. The building is owned by the City of Linwood and is occupied by the Linwood Historical Society. The building houses a local history museum and archives.

The surviving original building fabric of the Leedsville Schoolhouse sustains its architectural and historical integrity. On the exterior, the schoolhouse retains its original size, massing and symmetry, as well as its large windows and the centrally-located entrance. The original cupola and one end window, both seen in the historic photograph at far left, were removed and the entrance doors replaced. On the interior, the school retains its original single classroom (photo above) with vestibule configuration, as well as original finishes, including the wainscoting, plaster, blackboard, and trim (photo at left). The flooring and beaded-board ceiling were added when the interior was divided into two rooms, although that divider has since been removed.

The ungraded school served 65-70 students, aged 5-18, annually in a single classroom space from 1873- 1894. In 1895, the space was divided into two classrooms and the students were separated into primary and upper grade classes. By 1908, the number of students had outgrown the building and a new school was constructed on Belhaven Avenue.


Leedsville Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
2. Leedsville Schoolhouse Marker
1910 the Board of Education sold the Leedsville Schoolhouse to the Borough of Linwood. The building served as Town Hall and City Hall until 1965 when it was converted to a municipal library. In 1987 the building became the home of the Linwood Historical Society Museum with artifacts and displays on local history.

Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places in 1984.

Funded in part by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund.
Erected by Linwood Historical Society.
Location. 39° 21.055′ N, 74° 34.04′ W. Marker is in Linwood, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on West Poplar Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 West Poplar Avenue, Linwood NJ 08221, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Linwood Historic District (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friends Meeting House and Burying Ground (approx. half a mile away); Thomas Morris House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jeremiah Leeds Grave (approx. 1.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Zion United Methodist Church

Leedsville Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
3. Leedsville Schoolhouse
(approx. 1.6 miles away); Submarine Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); U.S. Navy Commandant Richard Somers’ Birthplace (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linwood.
Categories. Education
Leedsville Schoolhouse Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 19, 2016
4. Leedsville Schoolhouse Plaque
The plaque is located on the exterior front wall on the right of the front door. It reads: Leedsville School #1 Built c. 1873 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 243 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 31, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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