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Pittsfield schoolhouse finds temporary home

January 17. 2014 10:40AM
By Ken Silva

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A schoolhouse believed to be 200 years old will soon find a home on Pittsfield Township property after a deal between trustees and the Pittsfield Township Historical Society.

Trustee Mark McConnell said the foundation pieces are there and that PTHS members can move the house “whenever they’re ready” to the town hall at routes 303 and 58.

The schoolhouse can remain there until a permanent location can be found.

The Lorain County Fairgrounds has been discussed as a possible spot for the old structure, though the idea doesn’t thrill PTHS president Daniel Clark.

“That wouldn’t even be in Pittsfield, so it would defeat the purpose,” he said.

Clark said the house is believed to have been built in the early 1800s and used as a schoolhouse until the 1880s, when it was replaced by a brick building that still stands near Whitney Road.

The structure was then moved across the street to be used as a machine shop for a farm.

It now stands in the property of Doug Hurst, who used it for storage until a restoration project was undertaken.

Clark said Hurst donated to the restoration project under the condition that the society would pay to have it taken off his property.

The house will be used to archive the township’s history.

Items will mostly come from local historian Ralph Hayes, who has been collecting documents since he was a kid.

“People would bring me old records from the tornado that destroyed everything, that they would just find blowing around in their fields,” said Hayes, referring to a tornado that destroyed town hall in the spring of 1965.

“It will all go there,” he said. “We’ll have the most extensive collection of records since they were all lost in the tornado.”

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