Bainbridge District #5 – Newton Hollow

Once again we travel the approximately twenty-two miles from the county seat to the southeastern section to the Town of Bainbridge for another district school. This week the focus is the above district which has a somewhat humorous history relating to it. The photo which accompanies this article shows the teacher at the front door. The schoolhouse is most typical of the one-room schools of this county, you will note however that this was a protruding front entrance for which we will assume was used to hang coats and hats and as a shield from the winter winds upon entering the building. The photo is a copy of a post card in the collection of the Afton Historical Society (again thanks to Charles Decker). The post card when mailed was addressed to Miss Isabel Meek, Afton, New York and the note written stated, “Don’t you think I have a pleasant schoolhouse. I have five girls this year and four boys. With love - Neva Kelsey.”

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