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Gillespie County Historic School Open House
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 • Posted August 1, 2013

“Get Country,” come and see a historical country school open Saturday August 3, 2013. Docents’ narrate what it was like getting an education during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, past and present use of the Historic School. The Willow City School, 2501 Ranch Road 1323, is located off Highway 16 north of Fredericksburg, turn right on Ranch Road 1323 for about2 ½ miles, you will see the hickory sandstone two-story three room school building on your left that was built in 1905. A canvas curtain is on display on the first floor. This type of curtain was used on the stage during school plays, usually at Christmas, Easter and School Closing. A cistern is also at the school, which was used for drinking water in the early days. Rainwater from the roof of the school still goes into the cistern but is used for emergency water for the Willow City Volunteer Fire Department use for fire fighting. A new well has been drilled for drinking water. Today modern restrooms are also available.

When walking into the open school building look up and see the bell that called the children to class. The open house is plan for 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday August 3, 2013.

Friday evening August 2, at 6:30 p.m. you are welcome to their family night that starts with a covered dish meal and socializing to be followed with games of “42” dominoes.

Historical information on this school, located on the Gillespie County Country Schools Trail, a designated National Historic Register site, and travel information can be found at www.historicschools.org. Willow City School is also located on the famed Willow City Loop with its scenic rugged terrain, deer, wildlife and other animals can be seen along the “Loop”. Historical sites in the area include Enchanted Rock State Natural Area located within 10 miles; it is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Admiral Nimitz Museum is located in Fredericksburg. Save the date and get out into the Hill Country to see and hear history by the folks that still live there.

Light refreshments will be available. For accommodations click on www.VisitFredericksburgTx.com

More information is available at 830-685-3385 and www.historicschools.org.

Next on the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools open house tour schedule will be the Lower South Grape Creek and the Luckenbach Schools on September 14, 2013.

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