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Old Town in Dixie County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Town School

 
 
Old Town School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 17, 2020
1. Old Town School Marker
Inscription.  On April 1, 1899, Orren Y. Felton and his wife, Lille F. Felton, gave deed to the Board of Public Instruction for Old Town School. On May 23, 1911, Ruby E. Chaires and her husband McQueen Chaires gave additional deed to the Board of Public Instruction for School. The present two story, four classroom building was constructed in 1909- two classrooms upstairs and two downstairs. From home schooling to one-room schoolhouses to neighborhood schools, the schools of the Old Town era were built. The auditorium was added in 1930. Children continually attended classes in this building until 1999. This historic, two and one-half story building was constructed of locally made bricks which were "fired" on site. All rafters are of the exposed "Italian eight design." The top half floor contains a two-louver door dormer. The dormer and high windows were the only means of ventilation. The Dixie County Historical Society uses this building, now known as the Dixie County Cultural Center, as an office, museum of local artifacts, and library.
 
Erected 2001 by The Dixie County Historical Society and the Florida Department
Old Town School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 17, 2020
2. Old Town School and Marker
of State. (Marker Number F-438.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 35.438′ N, 82° 58.866′ W. Marker is in Old Town, Florida, in Dixie County. Marker is at the intersection of County Route 55A and County Route 349, on the right when traveling east on County Route 55A. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 761 SE CR 349, Old Town FL 32680, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldtown (approx. 0.8 miles away); The History of Fort Fanning (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fanning Springs Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ (approx. 9.4 miles away); The Crystal Ice House (approx. 9.9 miles away); John Franklin Beach, Sr. (approx. 9.9 miles away); Trenton's Compass Rose (approx. 9.9 miles away); Coca Cola Bottling Plant (approx. 9.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Dixie County Historical Society. (Submitted on January 30, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.
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