The Old School House

The Old School House (HM1ECM)

Location: Douglas, MI 49406 Allegan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 38.63', W 86° 12.236'

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History Center and Back-in-Time Garden

The School House opened its doors in 1867, replacing a one-room school nearby. Known then as the Douglas Union School and part of a new public school consolidation movement in Michigan, the school offered classes at all grades—pioneering in free high school education. The building served as a principal place for village activities and was designed to be the most impressive building in the village. Today it is the oldest remaining union school building in Michigan; it ceased to be a school in 1957.

Today, the structure stands as one of Michigan's finest examples of Civil War era school architecture and, once again, a place for activity and discovery. Along with new gardens, the building was restored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society (2006-12) as a place for the study, presentation, exhibition, and preservation of Saugatuck and Douglas area history.
Placed BySaugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 10:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 565259 N 4721571
Decimal Degrees42.64383333, -86.20393333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.63', W 86° 12.236'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 37.80" N, 86° 12' 14.16" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W Center St, Douglas MI 49406, US
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