We were out geocaching in West Virginia wen we drove by this gorgeous stone chapel. We just had to stop to explore!
The stone marker on the front of the building identified this historic chapel as the Halltown Union Colored Sunday School. I was immediately hooked and I wanted to know more!
Built in 1901 on land donated by a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice, Daniel Lucas; this small stone church serviced the black community in this area until 1967. Even after the church no longer held Sunday Services, the church building remained in use for weddings, funerals and community events.
The building was restored to it's original appearance in 1982-1983. It was successfully added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The original pulpit still resides in the building.
Just a few mere feet away from the stone chapel sits a small stone building. This was once the Halltown Colored Free School.
This school was built in 1870. It was used as a school house until the year 1929 after which it was used as a residence. The building is owned by the same group that owns the church. That historic preservation group was successful in getting this fascinating building on the Historical Register in 2004.
We were out enjoying a nice weekend day and drove by the long empty school in Zullinger, PA. It was a building that had always caught my eye as intriguing and interesting. However, I had never taken the time to stop and look around and I had certainly never completed even the most basic research on this old structure. That was about to change.
This structure was built and ready for occupancy in 1911. It was designed to replace and consolidate multiple one room schoolhouses in the area. The building was state of the art, boasting of being equipped with Steam generated heat and it's very own recently bored fresh water well.
During it's first year as a school, only three of the rooms were used with three teachers serving the students. In time however, a fourth teacher was added and all rooms were in use as classrooms. At that time, the school housed students from first to eighth grade. Four teachers shared the responsibilities with each teacher in their own classroom working with two grade levels.
At some point, the school began to operate as a primary school. At that time they only serviced students who were in grades 1-4. Once again, each with four teachers. The school operated that way until the end of the 1961 to 1962 school year. At that time, the school ceased to function as a school house.
Over the ensuing years the school was used by random short term tenants. Most notably a haunted house that took place in the fall of each year.
The building is now owned by the Waynesboro Historical Society. The society is in the process of completing the paperwork to have this building placed onto the Historic Register. Good Luck Waynesboro Historical Society, we would love to see this building restored to all it's former glory!
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