Schoolhouse #2

December 1, 2020

With the school experience being “virtual” for students these days, Historic Jacksonville, Inc. is revisiting some of the “real” structures that have served as school buildings for the town’s youth over the years.  At the end of E Street in Jacksonville lies Bigham Knoll, the original 7-acre campus that was once home to Jackson County School District #1.  In 1867, when the County’s first public school was deemed inadequate, the school district directors acquired this property and converted an existing two room house into a school building until local builders could erect a new 2-story frame and “weather boarded” school house.  Students paid $5 per quarter in tuition until 1875, when the school levy was increased enough to do away with the tuition tax.  A year later, the increased school enrollment necessitated enlargement of the building and an addition was completed “sufficiently large to accommodate all the pupils of the district.”  This building served 3 generations of students for 36 years until it was destroyed by fire on January 25, 1903.

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