The Little Red Schoolhouse
Maple Shade, New Jersey
The little red schoolhouse in Maple Shade, New Jersey is absolutely adorable… It is soooo cute that I want to pinch its bricks. (Get it? Instead of cheeks?)
This fascinating one-room beauty has been around for nearly two centuries. Students from all over former Chester Township walked to school here from 1812 to 1909. Yes kids… people actually walked to school.
It was eventually replaced with another “larger’ school with a whopping two rooms.
Maple Shade was originally formed from Chester Township on November 6, 1688. The township of Chester was one of New Jersey’s initial division of 104 townships by an act of state legislature on February 21, 1798. The name was changed to Maple Shade Township on November 6, 1945. The change was voted in a city-wide referendum by the citizens.
This stunning “Shade” schoolhouse is now the headquarters for the Maple Shade Historical Society. This lovely brick-solid baby has had a recent $125,000 renovation and is worth a visit to see a little piece of history. Tours are offered so please check with the Historical Society’s website… trust me… the interior is FAB-U-LOUS!
Don’t forget to get some ice cream at the year-round Maple Shade Custard Stand…. You won’t be disappointed and it is right across the street!
“Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you love me too
What a wonderful world this would be”
Oh, What wonderful treasures South Jersey has!
Until Our Next Adventure, My Friends! -The Yummygal