1876 to 2019

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WELCOME TO THE WOOSAMONSA SCHOOLHOUSE

For those who have wondered about the curious building at the intersection of Woosamonsa and Poor Farm Roads, it is a restored one-room schoolhouse maintained by a non-profit neighborhood organization dedicated to preserving its original condition at the time it closed in 1918.

The current building was constructed in 1876 and replaced an older log schoolhouse that stood near the same site. The school, which enrolled between 30 and 63 pupils a year, was not age graded. Instead children progressed at their own pace through a series of basic graded textbooks. School days were long, starting at 9 am and ending at 4 pm.   

“The more time passes, the more precious this building is to us,” said Erwin Harbat, a lifelong township resident and trustee of the Woosamonsa Schoolhouse Association. “It’s a reminder of how things used to be before computers, smartphones and social media.” 

 

Thank you to Uncle Ed’s Creamery, Eclair Cafe, Pennington Quality Market, Blackwell Memorial Home, Jack’s Nursery, Dahlia Florals, and Stop & Shop Pennington for their support of the 2019 Strawberry Social.

The Woosamonsa Schoolhouse Association is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, donations are tax exempt.