Renovations underway on mid-19th century schoolhouse

NORWICH – Renovations have begun on the nineteenth-century schoolhouse located behind the Chenango County Historical Society Museum, thanks to a $4,000 Community Foundation for South Central New York grant awarded the historical society in December.

The one-room schoolhouse, originally located at Ross Corners in Preston, will soon sport a refurbished floor and ceiling, and thanks to the museum’s photographic collection of other, similar, schoolhouses, Museum Director Alan Estus said he believed “we’ll be able to recreate the ceiling back to what it would’ve looked like.”

The floor, described by Estus as “spongy” before the renovation began, has been successfully removed and a new sub-floor will soon be in place, after which the original floorboards will be re-installed using the authentic square-headed nails common during the time period.

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