Picture 1 – Fire Island School bus.
If you live on an island your trip to school might be different from your classmates. Fire Island is an island that has several hundred year round residents, few roads and no cars. Your trip to school goes something like this. The school bus picks you up on the beach and takes you to a ferry terminal. The ferry crosses the sound to another ferry terminal where a school bus picks you up and takes you to school. The return trip just reverses the process. Must be hard to get on that bus in the spring and early fall.
Picture 2 – Perryville School House
This one room school house was built in 1839. The external dimensions are 10 feet by 12 feet with a fireplace inside. We’ve come a long way?
Picture 3 – Clinton School Bus
This 1913 relic is in a historical museum along a quaint river next to a Red Mill. Back to quieter days.
Picture 4 – The Schneider Schulhaus
Located just off the thirteenth hole of the Olde Homestead Golf Course, this 1851 wood-frame building was constructed and became known as Schneider’s One-Room School, where first through eighth grades were taught. Designed to accommodate a maximum of fifty students it was refurbished in 1890. The cost of the new brick building was $300. The school was in continuous use from 1852 through 1946. Originally there were two outhouses, one for boys and one for girls. All of the students and the teacher walked to school, and school was never canceled due to snow or ice. Since most of the students were from farm families, the school was closed for two weeks in the fall so the students could help with the harvest. The school house still contains the original desks with ink wells.