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Plymouth in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Geer School

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 9, 2021
1. Geer School Marker
Inscription.  The red brick building is the third structure to house Geer School. .The first was a log building constructed in 1829, the second a frame structure nearby. The elected school director, William Geer, donated the land in 1880 and contracted with Joseph Warner of Ypsilanti to construct this building. The school had to meet standard requirements: at least a once-acre yard, ample light, coatrooms, outdoor toilets, a washbasin, and a good water supply. It is interesting to note that the size of a schoolroom (28' x 19') was the area and distance that a woman's voice was expected to carry. The building is 28' x 40', lighted by tall round top windows.

Geer, a well-funded school, provided free textbooks, uncommon in the 19th century. From 1829 to 1869, each family paid a tax based on the number of days their children attended school. These "rate bills" were repealed by the state legislature in 1869 when free public education was mandated.

A social center for the farming community, Geer School hosted annual Thanksgiving Day dinners, spring picnics and dances. Closed in 1982, Geer School was restored in the late 1980's through a community
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 9, 2021
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effort. Geer School now provides a one-room school experience for fourth-graders in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
 
Erected by Washtenaw County Historic Distric Commission. (Marker Number SU-41.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
 
Location. 42° 20.493′ N, 83° 34.035′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Plymouth Road and Gottfredson Road, on the right when traveling west on Plymouth Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9981 Plymouth Rd, Plymouth MI 48170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wesley Conant House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jarvis Stone School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Canton Pioneer Home (approx. 2.8 miles away); Preservation Park (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bartlett Travis House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Farming in Canton (approx. 2.8 miles away); Palmer Shed (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Historic Cady Barn (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
Geer School Entrance image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 9, 2021
3. Geer School Entrance
Detail in masonry above school entrance
Geer School image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 9, 2021
4. Geer School
View from east side showing the required outdoor toilets
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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