Blackbird School (District No. 69)

Blackbird School (District No. 69) (HM1RV6)

Location: Townsend, DE 19734 New Castle County
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N 39° 22.191', W 75° 39.686'

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The passage of the Public School Law of 1829 brought free public education to Delaware and divided the state into many small districts overseen by county superintendents. Blackbird District No. 60 was first noted in the record of an Annual Meeting on October 3, 1835. The first schoolhouse was a log building which measured 18 x 20 feet and belonged to William Weldon, later appointed Secretary and Clerk of the school district in 1835. When the district was split circa 1860, a new schoolhouse was built. Eventually, a third school for Blackbird District No. 69 was built about 1892 east of King's Road near the village of Blackbird. To accommodate the expansion of Route 13 in this area, the school was moved to property belonging to William Fortner located on the west side of King's Road. This transaction was facilitated in part through a 1932 deed between Fortner and the State Board of Education. A rear coal shed, as well as a front vestibule and steps were added to the school after its relocation. When Blackbird School No. 69 closed in 1945, students were sent to school in nearby Townsend. The former school building and grounds were donated by Mrs. William Fortner to the Blackbird Community Center, which was organized in 1950.
HM NumberHM1RV6
Marker NumberNC-202
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 443024 N 4358029
Decimal Degrees39.36985000, -75.66143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 22.191', W 75° 39.686'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 22' 11.46" N, 75° 39' 41.16" W
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Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 123 Blackbird Forest Rd, Townsend DE 19734, US
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