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Archbold in Fulton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Log School

 
 
Log School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 17, 2020
1. Log School Marker
Inscription.  This Log School is a reconstruction of a 1840s era schoolhouse, based upon written accounts of schools from the time period. Desks, arranged along the walls near the window openings, took advantage of the natural light. The windows themselves would have been made of greased or oiled paper. Much less expensive than glass pane windows, the paper, sometimes covered in bear grease, allowed light in, kept bugs out and was relatively weather proof. The fireplace includes a cob-style chimney built as a fire safety feature. In case of fire, the top part of the chimney could be knocked down quickly; this hopefully saved the rest of the building. The portrait of George Washington is a copy of a famous painting done by Gilbert Stuart. Beginning in the 1830s, lithographic prints of Stuart's portraits of Washington become popular for school use and are still used in our classrooms today.

Education in Ohio began with the earliest settlement. The Land Ordinance of 1785 opened up settlement in what was to become the State of Ohio. It split the land into townships made up of 36 six-mile square sections. One section of each of these

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townships was designated to support public schools. There is an account that the earliest school in what would become Fulton County Ohio (where current day Sauder Village is located) began in 1835, just one year after the arrival of the first permanent European settlers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
 
Location. 41° 32.438′ N, 84° 17.915′ W. Marker is in Archbold, Ohio, in Fulton County. Marker is on Ohio Route 2, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Archbold OH 43502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lauber Shelter (within shouting distance of this marker); Covered Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Community Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethany United Brethren Church Bell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Stucky's Wagon Shop (about 400 feet away); This Hungarian Migrant Worker's Wagon (about 500 feet away); Woodcarvers Shop (about 600 feet away); This Log House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archbold.
 
Log School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 17, 2020
2. Log School Marker
Log School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 17, 2020
3. Log School Marker
Log School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, October 17, 2020
4. Log School Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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