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It's Back to School Time - 1885 Style

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

It’s almost back to school time – all of the changes in the age of COVID-19 has us kind of wishing we could go back to the days of one-room schoolhouses with just a handful of students in the entire school. Anyone want to start one with us?!

In all seriousness, did you know that right here in the little town of Strawberry, we have a one-room schoolhouse that is on the National Register of Historic Places? Strawberry was first settled in 1875, and the Historic Strawberry Schoolhouse was built in 1885. It was a fully operational school until 1919. After sitting abandoned for many years, local residents lovingly saved and restored it to its former glory.

The former one-room schoolhouse is now a museum, and visitors can tour the exterior, or set up a tour of the interior through the Pine-Strawberry Historical Society. It’s the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona. We’ve even heard stories from locals whose family members were students there years ago!

Even owning the Inn as long as we have, we still love to visit this spot! It was fun to explain to our 5 and 7-year-old daughters about the little building with a moon on the door.

It’s just around the corner from the Inn, so it’s definitely a must stop during your visit. It’s been a favorite spot to visit for bloggers staying at the Inn (click here!), and there have even been celebrity sightings! Snap a pic out front and be sure to tag us on social media!

Have you visited? Would you want to send your kids to school at a true one-room schoolhouse? Get more info here, and click the map below for directions.

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