“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bethel in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)

Plumtrees School

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By Michael Herrick, April 18, 2012
1. Plumtrees School Marker
Plumtrees School
The Plumtrees School was built in 1867 as a one room school house for the Plumtrees District of Bethel. The school served the community from 1867 through 1970. At its closing it was the last operating one room school house in America. The Plumtrees School now serves the community as an educational museum.
• 1866:   Land was donated by Eliza Benedict for the School
• 1866:   Plumtrees School was built. At this time Bethel had five school districts. Grades one through eight were taught in the same room. The teacher had to arrive very early in the morning and warm up the building by starting a fire in a wood-burning stove. Quite often the children had to gather sticks for the fire.
• 1881:   Cupola and Bell were added. The school became over crowded, so the decision was made to increase the building size.
• 1939:   Plumtrees School Association was formed. The Association-formed by parents-assisted in providing school materials and maintenance. The Association hosted the Plumtrees Lawn Party as a social event.
• 1957:   School was closed for renovations. For ninety years students used the outhouse and hand water pump, but now electricity and indoor plumbing were added. A new entrance facing Taylor Road was also added at this time.
• 1962:   School reopened as a kindergarten.
Plumtrees School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 18, 2012
2. Plumtrees School Marker
1970:   School closed. A new school in the Educational Park was named after Anna H. Rockwell, who taught at the Plumtrees school for 43 years. The building was used by the Visiting Nurse Association as a children's health care clinic after it closed in 1970.
• 2006:   Plumtrees School and Landmark Preservation Committee was formed.
• 2007:   Plumtrees School was placed on the State of Connecticut Registry of Historic Places
• 2008:   Renovations to restore the school to its original condition began. New wood shingle roof. The original bell was lost and replaced with an 1896 bell that the Plumtrees Preservation Committee purchased. The bell is 20 inches in diameter and weighs about 80 to 100 pounds, and can be heard for miles when rung.
• 2009:   Plumtrees School is rededicated as an Educational Museum.

This informational sign is an Eagle Scout Project, completed by Brandon Lennox of Troop 71, Bethel CT. It was made possible through generous donations from the community businesses, family & friends. It is dedicated to the Plumtrees School House Preservation Committee and their vision of preserving Bethel's history, July 2009
Location. 41° 23.416′ N, 73° 23.567′ W. Marker is in Bethel, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Plumtrees Road and
Plumtrees School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 18, 2012
3. Plumtrees School Marker
Taylor Road, on the right when traveling north on Plumtrees Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bethel CT 06801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plumtrees Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel (approx. 1.4 miles away); Bethel World War I Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away); In Memory of All Bethel Veterans (approx. 1.6 miles away); Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bethel Soldier’s Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bethel Railway Station - 1912 (approx. 1.8 miles away); Danbury World War II Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bethel.
Also see . . .  Plumtrees School House. (Submitted on May 1, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. Education
Plumtrees School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 18, 2012
4. Plumtrees School
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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