Historic Old Eagle School

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Old Eagle School is located less than two miles from Brick House 319. It’s considered one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Pennsylvania.

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A German immigrant bought 150 acres in 1765 and set aside a lot for a church and school.

The stone school was built in 1788. It’s situated on a hillside in Strafford near the Strafford Train Station on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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Children paid 3 cents per day to attend school or $2 per quarter. They provided their own goose-quilled pens.

Ink was made with bruised nut gall or rusty nails in water.

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A fireplace supplied heat and candles supplied light.

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A rock wall is behind the schoolhouse with an entrance to a small burial ground with graves of many early settlers and Revolutionary soldiers.

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The soldiers died during the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-1778.

The historic school is open on Sunday afternoons between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

7 thoughts on “Historic Old Eagle School

  1. Love seeing historic old buildings like this! Maybe next summer you can also see the inside. Too bad it’s not open sometimes for school field trips during the regular school year. I imagine 3 cents/day/child was even above the price range for lots of families back then.

  2. This looks like one of those buildings that people convert to homes and are sensational, though know it can’t be done with this. Also, the advert for Artful Home has an awesome site.

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