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WI 67 and Betts Rd.

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NAMES
Historic Name:Ward District No. 3 Schoolhouse
Reference Number:81000066
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):WI 67 and Betts Rd.
County:Waukesha
City/Village:
Township:Eagle
SUMMARY
Ward District #3 Schoolhouse
Town of Eagle, Waukesha County
Date of Construction: 1849

In 1841, Yankee farmers in the town of Eagle built a schoolhouse on the territorial road leading from Milwaukee to Janesville. Eight years later, a new state road bypassed that location, causing locals to approve a new schoolhouse on the main road. The result is the Greek Revival style Ward District #3 Schoolhouse built in 1849.

This simple, wood frame building is clad with horizontal pine clapboards and a cedar shingle roof. The cornice returns mark the building as a Greek Revival style structure. The bell tower is a later addition. Inside, the building consists of a single schoolroom with a vaulted plaster ceiling, and a small cloakroom.

The Ward District #3 Schoolhouse is typical of the small country schoolhouses built by the first Yankee farmers and is the oldest remaining schoolhouse in Waukesha County.

The schoolhouse remains on its original location, now part of Old World Wisconsin where it is used for workshops and meetings.

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PROPERTY FEATURES
Period of Significance:1825-1849
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: School
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Enos,Herman
Architect:Bigelow,Ferrand
DESIGNATIONS
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:07/07/1981
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
NUMBER OF RESOURCES WITHIN PROPERTY
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
RECORD LOCATION
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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