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End of One Room Schools

In Hilltown

May 17, 1954:

Five buses, each making several trips, brought 620 Hilltown Township pupils to their consolidated school.

The 17 - room school of reinforced concrete masonry construction is situated on a 16-acre tract on Callowhill Road in Hilltown Township, Bucks County. Besides the self contained classrooms, the building houses an all purpose room, complete with in-wall folding tables for cafeteria serving; auditorium facilities including a large stage, and a library. Wide corridors run the full length of the L-shaped building. Hilltown taxpayers realized a long-time dream when the building, built by Local Authority, on a $775,000 bond issue, was turned over to the school district May 6, 1954 at the cornerstone laying ceremonies.

Moving from the district's one-room schools, on May 14, was accomplished through the cooperation of the parents. Thursday, the day prior to "operation moving" each child took home his books and personal belongings, to minimize the moving problems. By Friday night, books and materials were in place, bulletin boards were decorated, pictures hung, and rooms were ready for occupancy. The M.M. Seylar building replaced 10 one-room schoolhouses and the Silverdale Fire House School.

. . . above excerpts from a 1954 newspaper clipping

The 10 one-room schools included:

Blooming Glen










Soon after the Seylar Elementary building was built, the one-room schoolhouses and their contents were sold at auction to private individuals. Most of these buildings today are used as private residences. Gehman's served as the home of Pierce Free Library for many years and until recently it was an antique store. Leidytown is now Good Shephard Church and Pennville is now Schoolhouse Sweets.

Auction Notice from the Central News-Herald, Perkasie, PA. June 3, 1954