Friday, February 29, 2008

Sky Watch Friday: Fiske School

Fiske School today

In 1885, there were 11 school districts in Barton. Barton has a total area of 44.9 square miles (116.3 square km), of which 43.7 square miles (113.1 square km) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 square km) (2.81%) is water. Within four miles of my house I have been able to find two of these school districts and one of the school houses. Fiske School is still standing on Fiske Road and is now a private home.

Fiske School in 1918
"Floyd Marshall rides his bicycle around the yard in front of the Fiske School in 1918. Viva Potter taught about a dozen students from District 6 at the schoolhouse that year. One of the doors on the front was for boys and the other for girls; wood for the stove was stored in the space between. The addition at left was for the outhouses."

The cupola (I assume this is the original bell)

Only three inhabitants of a town were needed to petition a town for a new school district. And they did. The Fiske School was one such district. It merged with the Devereaux District in 1904. In 1924, this school received the “superior” ranking by the state board of education. The school was still in use in the early 1950s, when the Barton Town school district was overseeing only four remaining one room schoolhouses. In 1958 town voters merged the town district and the Barton Academy and Graded School district, which seems to have been the end of the Fiske School. I have not been able to learn why it was called Fiske School.

The original award from 1924 still hangs over the front door.

Sign outside on the road

A snowy bush behind the road sign

Fiske Road
This post fulfills one requirement of the Historical Buildings
assignment for the digital photography class I am auditing.

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References:
"Barton, Vermont." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 29 Feb 2008, 14:14 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 1 Mar 2008 .
Young, Darlene. A History of Barton Vermont. Barton, Vermont: Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association, 1998.

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38 comments:

  1. The clarity of the cupola shot is outstanding...the focu seems to be exactly on the bell-wheel where it belongs...great job of photography, Andree! And the room into the woods is a hard subject to make fresh...I really liked the composition of the flowing lines...d

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  2. Beautiful and artistic as always - I always enjoy your posts!

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  3. I'd like to steal that cuploa for my blog header...

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  4. Beautiful photos. That is really interesting about the school.

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  5. Great shots and a interesting story. :)
    Happy weekend!

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  6. Great shots and schoolhistory:D

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  7. Beautiful images, one excellent post, well done.

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  8. No doubt these are great photos (some would be most nice postcards) and nice post about the facts of school.

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  9. Interesting post and great pictures. If those walls could talk I bet they'd have some stories to tell!

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  10. Beautiful crisp blue winter sky! I love the old school close-ups and retrospects - great lay out.

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  11. The pictures are wonderful. Nice that the school house can be converted and still have a function.

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  12. I love the old buildings and the history. It's great that it is still in use as a private home. MB
    I posted one of the churches on my holy houses blog. www.holyhouses-day4plus.blogspot.com
    Thanks again. MB

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  13. The one-room schoolhouses in our area of Michigan were built two miles apart...so my mother said...to make everybody walk and get them "warmed up" in the morning. "One mile to school back then," she told me, "was no great distance to get an education."

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  14. Hi, Andre. Trying to play catchup here. So many SWF photos! These are so beautiful. They look like postcards. But then you live in Vermont. Vermon is just one big picture postcard. Love you state! Thanks for visiting my blog. Please come back and comment more often. I enjoyed seeing you there.

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  15. Well thank you for your visit and comment.
    First I had to find out where you took the wonderful pictures..
    Fiske sounded Swedish or Norwegian to me, but your are in Vermont, not very far from Toronto. I have visited your State once and perhaps come back very soon.
    We are planning a trip east..
    Again, love your pictures..
    Gisela

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  16. Well thank you for your visit and comment.
    First I had to find out where you took the wonderful pictures..
    Fiske sounded Swedish or Norwegian to me, but your are in Vermont, not very far from Toronto. I have visited your State once and perhaps come back very soon.
    We are planning a trip east..
    Again, love your pictures..
    Gisela

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  17. If only they had a photograph of your caliber in 1918! I live in a school, too. (We homeschool.)

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  19. That first shot is amazing and the third is simply majestic .... the perfect angle.

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  20. I love the first photo along with the one of the boy riding his bike i am glad that you were able to get that history along with the photo. Love the snow capture, but am ready for spring. Thanks for the stop over on mine

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  21. I tried to post a comment on yours earlier, but kept getting a Google error. Then I read you were having storm problems! Now I'm in! I visited an old school like this when I was in Oregon on a ministerial retreat this past September, and the old school was empty and on the grounds of the retreat center. Since the door wasn't locked, a friend and I decided to explore it one day while hiking. This leads me to a question: did the school marm walk up inner steps to ring the school bell to call kids to come to school?

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  23. Great compositions - do you still have all that snow? WOW!

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  24. Great compositions - do you still have all that snow? WOW!

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  25. Your pictures are beautiful as always, and I love learning a little about your are from your posts.

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  26. Lovely set of photos. I like how you research your shots and link the past and the present.

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  27. Wow! This is really neat. I like old buildings and learning about times way back when. Very cool photographs! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  28. Now I know what SNOW looks like! Wow.
    I am impressed that three inhabitants could petition for a school district. That's impressive.

    These are marvelous photos. That is a marvelous sky.

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  29. Hi,
    A really super post.Your photos are excellent and thank you for the very interesting write up about the school.I bet those walls could tell a few tales if they could only speak.

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  30. Interesting post about the Fiske School! Very nice photos aswell!

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  31. Wow, there's so much snow! You would really like to dive in to it.

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  32. Great shots, I think it would be really cool to live in an old school house.

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  33. How very nice that the old school has been kept up so well. It's sad that most of the old ones are gone here.

    Thanks for telling us about the Fiske School!

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  34. Beautiful photo. I love winter and snow...but now i am ready for spring and warm whether :))

    Have a nice Monday.

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  35. Beautiful. It is hard to believe you have snow there whereas we have flowers blooming.

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  36. How very interesting! Great photos, I hope you are a fan of snow? I think we are due some today. Great blog by the way. BYE!

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