Schools of the Past: Guilford District 19 – Virginia or Combined District Guilford-Oxford Dist. 16

Related numerous times in past articles, if new information came to light it would be noted in future articles. Such is the case with the article last week District #19 - Puckerville. This writer received a phone call from Harris ManWarren local Norwich resident asking the source of information relevant to two students at this long lost school. Those students were Alvin and Geraldine Mainwaring at that time age 5 and 7, respectively. I acknowledged my source of information to him he proceeded to advise that over the years since his ancestors had emigrated from England, that the name of Mainwaring had been changed no less than 130 times eventually evolving to the spelling of his last name. Interesting bit of genealogy to say the least!

To continue long series of the history of the Guilford District schools (you may be assured that the end of Guilford District school history is near) we take a look at the 1875 Atlas of Chenango County and the district is listed at #16, however when Walter Ubele wrote his extensive documentation of the churches and schools of Guilford, the district had been combined with Oxford and it became District #19.

As this writer has only documented what Mr. Ubele wrote, it is quoted verbatim in the following paragraphs:

“Nestled in the hilly country, in a hollow somewhat Northeast of Guilford Center, there was another of the One-Room Schoolhouses. Like the original North Guilford School, this school also split town lines. (Note: Combined town district schools were usually the result of lack of scholars for one township to support a school.) The actual school district was one of the Guilford Districts, but the schoolhouse itself, was in the Township of Oxford, over the line.

“Although the school became known as the Virginia School, it was now located on the Virginia Road. A short by-pass ran between the Old Virginia Road, and what is now the New Virginia Road. The schoolhouse was located on this by-pass, midway between the two main roads. One road continued to Oxford, the other ran to North Pond. (Note: If one cared to explore the area, it might be possible to find the remnants of this road.)

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