Planned for Wilder Homestead
Who hasn't imagined the days when diligent scholars walked miles through formidable snow drifts to that humble landmark of learning? In reality,. the one-room school of the 1860's was a primitive building dimly lit and barely heated. Yet still today, readers of the Farmer Boy, the little country schoolhouse remains as one of their most beloved images.
"School Days," the first chapter of Farmer Boy, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and published by Harper Brothers in 1933, describes Almanzo trudging through deep snows with his brother and sisters on a cold January day in northern New York. Almanzo was not quite nine years old and he was beginning his very fist day of school. Illustrator, Garth Williams, portrays them trudging over a snowy path towards the one-room schoolhouse.
Many years have passed since that January day. In 2009, the Wilder Homestead may begin construction of an 1860's schoolhouse replica. The schoolhouse will be used for school tours, seasonal tours, and various school programs. The association has contract Mike Brand of Burke, NY. Master builder of our post and beam reconstructed barns. Mike will once again apply his skills to the building of our schoolhouse replica.
The tour currently includes Almanzo's boyhood home, reconstructed barns and museum. Upon completion, the schoolhouse replica will be another slide of life experiences as the Wilder's lived it from 1840 - 1875. Visitors are also invited to enjoy our museum and store, The Wilder Homestead is an official New york State historic site.
Your donation to the building fund will help history become a reality of the present and the future generations to come. Please click here to Print out our Building Schoolhouse Replica
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Donation between $50 - $99: Include 1 year free membership.
Donations between $100 - $500: Includes becoming a member of the 100+ club with designation in the one-room schoolhouse and 1 year free membership.
Donation of $500 or more: Includes ten free passes to the Wilder Homestead, designation in the one-room schoolhouse and 1 year free membership
Go northeast on US Route 11 for about 21/2 miles (towards Burke). Turn on County Route 23 to the first right, Donohue Road. Take Donohue Road to the T intersection at Stacy Road; turn right on Stacy Road. The Wilder Homestead is about 1/2 mile on the left. 177 Stacy Road.
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