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Kenansville in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Kenansville School

 
 
Kenansville School Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
1. Kenansville School Marker
Inscription. This building was constructed in 1917 on five acres of land with $6,000 donated from the estate of Mrs. Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham, (1867-1917), wife of Henry Flagler, the owner and promoter of the Florida East Coast Railroad. Kenansville School is the oldest known public school building in Osceola County. The two-story masonry vernacular brick building, of late 19th, early 20th century design, was erected by A.J. MacDonough, Architect, and Track and Nash Contractor. From 1917 to early 1920, the school housed grades one through 12 with as many as 100 students and five teachers. By 1922, only 29 students were enrolled in grades one through six and were taught by one teacher. The school closed in 1962 and sat empty for 30 years. In 1992 it reopened, serving students from pre-K to second grade and saving the younger children the 35-mile bus ride to St. Cloud. In 2003, the school closed its doors permanently. In 2005, the school was deeded to the Kenansville Community Association, Inc. with the help of the School Board of Osceola County and the Board of County Commissioners of Osceola County. For several decades, the school was one of the state’s outstanding rural schools.
 
Erected 2009 by Kenansville Community Association, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-673.)
Wide view of the Kenansville School Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
2. Wide view of the Kenansville School Marker

 
Location. 27° 52.574′ N, 80° 59.839′ W. Marker is in Kenansville, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is on South Canoe Creek Road (County Road 523) 0.6 miles west of South Kenansville Road (U.S. 441), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is located on the Kenansville Community Center grounds in front of the school. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1180 South Canoe Creek Road, Kenansville FL 34739, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Desert Inn (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. KenansvilleSchool.com. Our goal is to preserve, restore, and maintain the historic Kenansville School, Post Office & Property. (Submitted on March 26, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. Florida history: Grant honors historic school that Flagler's railroad brought to rural Osceola. (Submitted on March 26, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Education
 
Kenansville School (1917) image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 16, 2014
3. Kenansville School (1917)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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