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Old Corner School - Neva, Wisconsin

Old Corner School Photo, Neva, Wisconsin

During my day out and about around Antigo, I learned of this little historical site in Neva. It was ideally located, on my way back to camp at the end of a long afternoon of exploring the area.

The Old Corner School was built in 1883 by loggers who settled in the area. The one-room schoolhouse housed nearly 100 students from little first graders all the way to older high schoolers. Having outgrown the small building by the turn of the century, it was closed in 1904 when students were moved to a newer school building in nearby Deerbrook.

The old school building was left vacant for nearly 70 years until a committee was formed to restore it. The work began in 1979 and culminated with the town's centennial celebration in 1983. Today the schoolhouse is open to visitors on weekends throughout the summer.

I arrived around 2:30pm which was plenty of time to walk around and look at the antiques and vintage items from the late 1800's. There was a very nice volunteer who was available to answer questions.

I learned that many items in the Old Corner School were original to the days when classes we taught here. Some of the desks, globe and ceiling lamp were all original to the school, as was one of the blackboards. There was also some vintage clothing on display as well as a piece of jewelry on the teacher's dress that was from that time.

Adding to the experience were a number of photos displayed throughout including photo albums located on many of the student desks. Touring this little schoolhouse doesn't take much time. It is located about 20 minutes north of Antigo and less than a mile off Hwy 45, and is well worth the time for those traveling between Antigo and Rhinelander (or Eagle River).

There is no admission fee although donations are accepted and encouraged. Currently they are open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day; weekends only 10a to 4p.

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