The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is a historic wooden structure located in St. Augustine, Florida. The schoolhouse is believed to be the oldest wooden school building in the United States with documents stating that it was already existing in 1716.
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse might not be really the oldest school house in the United States as the title belongs to the Voorlezer?s House which was built in 1696 and located in Richmondtown in Staten Island, New York.
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is made by large chain which was added into the schoolhouse in 1937. The chain was attached into the home to help serve as an anchor in cases of bad weather. The walls have also been preserved as it is made of red cedar and bald cypess strung together by wooden pins and iron spikes. The home received some maintenance as of late including the new roof among others.
Guests of the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouses can take a tour of the school including the second floor where the schoolmaster and his or her family lived in. The antique kitchen was placed at a separate location to help reduce the threat of fire and reduce the amount of heat circulating inside the schoolhouse.
The utensils that were used centuries ago are currently on display in the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Other related artifacts on display in the schoolhouse include related home equipment and tools and even well preserved book which are used by students then. Inkwells and other writing increments are also on display in the museum.
The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse is open every day from 9AM to 5PM with extended hours during the summer season. Visitors of Florida?s wooden schoolhouse can either do a self-guided or guided tour of the museum. Self-guided tours can also be done with the help of a robotic professor and a student who will be giving visitors a brief history. Other attractions which can be found in the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse include the garden, the outdoor kitchen, an old but still functional well and a newly rebuilt outhouse.