Schools of the Past: Greene District #19: Stillwater

The district numbered above has the same active life as the East River Road in which both districts were formed in 1830 and were closed in 1941. When you contemplate that for one hundred and eleven years these two buildings were in use, compare that use with the educational buildings that are being constructed today. A prime example here in Chenango County would be the building in Oxford which only was in existence about twenty years or maybe less.

The Stillwater District School which has the distinction of being the only brick school of its day to be erected in the Township of Greene! The photo of this school credit has to be given to Margaret (Peg) Ross, the historian for the Town of Greene. This writer has other photos of this school however this is the only one in my possession showing the students (all males) in front of the building. Were there any females attending when this photo was taken, who knows?

Not to be repetitive of the statistical facts relevant to the history of the district schools, all that is given as far as boundaries were concerned it is located on the East Bank of the Chenango River and is now a private dwelling- In the extensive research by Mrs. Folsom (Cochran) the farm of Oliver Hoyt was taken from District #7 (Hotchkiss) and annexed to #19 (which is located in the southern section of the township). Again in 1847 the west half of lots #96, 97, 98 and 99 were taken from District #13 (Harbor) and given to #19 (Stillwater). This district was luck in the event that these two line changes were the only ones that Mrs. Folsom found in her extensive research. In the deed research nothing was found as to who sold or donated the land for this schoolhouse.

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