Schools of the Past: Guilford District #15 – Root’s Corners

Once again we are backtracking to last week’s articles relevant to a photo of the South Hill School. This writer has taken the liberty to include it (hopefully) with the article and photos relevant to the above school district.

The photo(s) of the Root’s Corners school show the school in a boarded up building and the second photo shows the building, long after the school had closed and was used in conjunction with the adjoining farm as shown in the photograph. The assorted readers of this series of articles have passed on to my attention that the photos which show the children at the site is appreciated to great extent. This photo (I am hopeful may be included) shows students and teacher and in the first row, second from right is identified as Marcia Alcott (she being the mother of Kenneth Carney, resident of this city. In the last row the boy on the left is identified as Stanley Alcott (Ken’s uncle). This writer will acknowledge sincere appreciation to him for allowing this information to be included in the article,

Walter Ubele wrote in his extensive documentation of both the Guilford churches and Guilford schools that information was scant information regarding District #15 except that it did exist. This building, one of the earliest of the Guilford District schools is still standing and now belongs to the Guilford Historical Society. This active Historical Society has taken up the gauntlet (so to speak) and have restored the schoolhouse and grounds to the appearance of the school while still active.

Now you are probably wondering where is Root’s Corners! As you leave the village of Guilford to travel to Oxford, you will notice a left hand turn Gospel Hill. Travel up Gospel Hill until you come to the road Glover’s Corners (another left hand turn). Travel approximately a mile or two to the intersection of Bruffel Hill (formerly named Ives Settlement Road) and the Quarry Road (it is a 4 corners). On the right hand side you will view the schoolhouse still at its original site. The Historical Society uses the site in the summer months one occasion is their annual picnic. I will add that Bruffel Hill and Quarry Road are closed to vehicle traffic in the winter and not too well maintained during the rest of the year.

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