Ferry Street School

Ferry Street School (HME9)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
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N 41° 49.906', W 86° 15.131'

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Constructed in 1867 at a cost of nearly $3,000, the Ferry Street School opened in January, 1868 as Niles's school for "colored children." In 1870 the Niles school system was integrated, and this facility closed. It reopened as an integrated school in 1873. The west wing was added in 1903. From 1956 to 1975 the School for Exceptional Children was located here. In 1975 concerned citizens began restoring the original building to its nineteenth century style. Nineteenth century one-room schools in this community typically contained a woodburning stove, woodbox, water bench, coat pegs, wooden blackboards and long rows of desks. One teacher often taught two grades. Lessons were in reading, writing, spelling, numbers, declamation and geography—all with a moral. This school provides a link to schools of yesteryear.
HM NumberHME9
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL0477
Year Placed1980
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 11:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 562095 N 4631368
Decimal Degrees41.83176667, -86.25218333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 49.906', W 86° 15.131'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 49' 54.36" N, 86° 15' 7.86" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 608 Ferry St, Niles MI 49120, US
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