Time Travelers: One Room Schoolhouse (2020)


The Country School was like one big family learning together the 3 R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic).

The first school in Lyon County was taught by Miss Lydia Cummins during the spring of 1869 in a log building near lower Lynd.

In the fall of 1873, the first schoolhouse in the county was built in Lower Lynd at the cost of around $700, and became known as District #1. This school was located on a rise about a quarter mile west of the Kiel and Morgan Hotel, Lyon County’s first courthouse, on the north side of the road. The school was used until 1905.

The Camden School District #14 was located just to the right of the old entrance gate to Camden State Park. This building was built in 1874. In 1905, the Lynd School District #1 and the Camden School District #14 became the first consolidated school districts in Minnesota. The two single room schools were combined into a single two room school in the village of Lynd.

In Lyon County, there were approximately 87 schools scattered at not more than a distance of two miles apart from each other.


Leaf Rubbings Instructions:

Check out this site for watercolor leaf prints

Check out this site for foil leaf rubbings!

Examples of a typical pioneer lunch would be:
– Sandwich (cheese, jelly, egg, or meat)
– Hard-boiled eggs
– Fresh fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, peaches, grapes, plums, carrots, etc.)
– Homemade cookies
– Mason jars of lemonade or juice (apple, orange, grape, etc.) Source: Marathon County Historical Society, Wisconsin

Decorate your own lunch pail!

A Day in the Life in a One Room Schoolhouse

Little House on the Prairie Schoolhouse

Thank you to the Balaton Area History Center for allowing us to film the Burchard Schoolhouse!

For more information on the Balaton Area History Center in Balaton and the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy, check out the links below:

Balaton Area History Center

Wheels Across the Prairie Museum

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