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Townsend in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Blackbird School (District No. 69)

Blackbird School (District No. 69) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
1. Blackbird School (District No. 69) Marker
Inscription.  The passage of the Public School Law of 1829 brought free public education to Delaware and divided the state into many small districts overseen by county superintendents. Blackbird District No. 60 was first noted in the record of an Annual Meeting on October 3, 1835. The first schoolhouse was a log building which measured 18 x 20 feet and belonged to William Weldon, later appointed Secretary and Clerk of the school district in 1835. When the district was split circa 1860, a new schoolhouse was built. Eventually, a third school for Blackbird District No. 69 was built about 1892 east of King's Road near the village of Blackbird. To accommodate the expansion of Route 13 in this area, the school was moved to property belonging to William Fortner located on the west side of King's Road. This transaction was facilitated in part through a 1932 deed between Fortner and the State Board of Education. A rear coal shed, as well as a front vestibule and steps were added to the school after its relocation. When Blackbird School No. 69 closed in 1945, students were sent to school in nearby Townsend. The former school building and grounds were donated by Mrs.
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William Fortner to the Blackbird Community Center, which was organized in 1950.
Erected 2014 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-202.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
Location. 39° 22.191′ N, 75° 39.686′ W. Marker is in Townsend, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Blackbird Forest Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Blackbird Forest Road, Townsend DE 19734, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scott Church (here, next to this marker); Old Union Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Townsend (approx. 2.4 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Townsend World War II Honor Roll (approx. 2.4 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Clearfield Farm (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Townsend.
Blackbird School (District No. 69) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
2. Blackbird School (District No. 69)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Dec. 8, 2023