Photo a Day Challenge


This authentic log schoolhouse was first constructed at Franklin Elementary School in Appleton, WI with donated materials and labor to celebrate America’s Bicentennial.  Twenty years later the schoolhouse was moved to a more natural setting at Bubolz Nature Perserve in Appleton where it was repaired and updated. It is still used by schoolchildren to experience early Wisconsin education including the 3 Rs taught by costumed teachers. A pointed dunce cap sits in a corner awaiting an unruly child.


15 responses

  1. Very nice and the history along with your images is greatly appreciated.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

  2. Tammy

    What a wonderful school house….so much character! I am loving the evergreen branches in the foreground!

    My good friend is from Appleton…she keeps telling me I need to go there for a long weekend w/ her to see her family…seeing your images, I just might! 🙂

    January 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

    • Appleton is a wonderful place to live and to visit. If you come, please look us up. We would love to meet you, and you surely would be welcome here.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

  3. this is so cozy. don’t you wish some schools were still like this? i would love to teach in a log cabin school house 🙂

    January 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

  4. Tony

    it’s wonderful, so beautiful a schoolhouse, never seen before!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

  5. Hi!
    Looks like it’s been there forever. Very nice shot. Have a great day!


    January 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

  6. That is an experience that I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    January 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

  7. Bobbie

    I look at this photo and I’m transported back 100 years.

    January 20, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  8. Great processing on this photo – and nice dash of red color on the wreath on the door. Interesting history, too.

    January 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

  9. Thanks for the history lesson, a wonderful looking old school building, and still being enjoyed by the younger generations.
    Would make a lovely postcard, your processing is brilliant.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  10. Have to agree that this looks like a postcard. Great shot!!

    January 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

  11. Great building and I love the processing.

    January 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  12. A very wonderful vintage building…nice that it was restored so that youngsters can experience how it used to be with only one large classroom. Lovely photo and processing to enhance the already beautiful site.

    January 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  13. Steven

    Looks like a cold learning experience! I have always been fascinated with the dunce cap philosophy, though I never wore one myself.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  14. How nice that it has been cared for since ’76. I love your processing too. It easily could be a fund raising card. The bell on the poles is very cool.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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