Hundreds visit Caz schoolhouse

Cazenovians of all ages flocked to the Lorenzo State Historic Site for the ninth annual Rippleton Schoolhouse Community Day Sept. 26 to step back in time and experience what it would have been like to attend school when it was taught in the single room structure.

The event was truly a local affair; food and drink were donated by local farms, and live music was played by a local folk band. Put on by The Friends of Lorenzo, the event featured 19th century games and activities as well as lessons inside the historic schoolhouse conducted by Schoolmarm Mattie Buckland.

Constructed in 1814, the Rippleton Schoolhouse serviced students spanning from first to eighth grade, until 1933. The school's original placement was three miles away in an area known as "Pig City." The vicinity in which it resided was also home to a number of swine, and gave the single room schoolhouse its original name, until it received its proper moniker,"Rippleton" in 1884. The building was moved to its present location on Lorenzo's grounds in 1996, when it underwent extensive restorations. Everything from the coal stove, to the oil lamps, even the wallpaper, was recreated to what it would have resembled in 1887.

Community Day was put on by Lorenzo Event Coordinator Beth Carroll, and co-chair Mary Beth Kuhn. Both women were relaxed yet sprightly, happy the weather was holding up for the event.

"Last year, it poured. It was still fun, and about 200 people showed up, but today looks even better!" Kuhn said.

The women were prepared for any weather, and had erected numerous tents to house the attractions and the attendees. More than 100 visitors had arrived within the first hour, with over 300 people expected for the rest of the afternoon.

Carroll was thankful for everyone that helped make the day possible, and was sure to pay respect to the all of the local groups.

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