Vicksburg Historical Society

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Strong School

The history of the one-room rural schoolhouse is preserved in this turn of the century building and its furnishings.

Originally located on Silver Street south of the Village of Vicksburg, it was acquired in 1996. Before formation of the current Vicksburg Community Schools in 1947, there were 21 individual districts serving the rural area, each with its own school providing a K-8 education for those children living in its neighborhood.

One-Room School Facts

Did you know that students attending one-room schools ...

  • walked to school each day
  • had one teacher for all eight grades
  • used outhouses instead of bathrooms
  • had no electric lights
  • were expected to haul wood for the stove that heated the building
  • carried their lunches in a dinner pail or walked home for lunch
  • carried water from a pump in the school yard
  • had to help younger children with their lessons
  • often did not have more than an 8th grade education

Strong School 1903

Strong Class 1937

Strong School 2009

Strong School Tours