Someone on another list I belong to,
mentioned a restored one room school house. I emailed her for more
information and she sent me the message below and gave permission for me to
forward it to this list. No doubt, many of you know of this already, but I
thought it might be of interest to some.
Andrews School located at 24 and
VanDyke Shelby Twp., Michigan
The one room school house was built about 1871 at
25 mile and Mound on a 1 acre parcel of land. At that time it was
owned by Chester Andrews. The Building was used for class into the
Then it went through different owners and was
converted into a two family flat.
In 1975 Shelby Twp. bought the building as a
bicentennial project for $1 with the condition that it be moved in 90
days. They took the roof off and a US Army Transport crew and US army Corp
of Engineers moved the building by ground transport to it's present
There were many problems! The concrete
foundation didn't fit; the building was placed on the foundation backward; the
roof was damaged beyond repair;
the walls were weakened and most of the remaining
tenants, wood eating beetles, moved with the building!
A master carpenter, Heinz Lanbertz, and three
assistants were hired with Federal funds to solve the problem. A new roof
was put on just weeks before the first snowfall. An exterminator rid the
building of its inhabitants, wobbly walls were secured to the foundation and the
ceiling was braced against Gabled roof. The back of the
building was made to look like the front as doors and what was once a cloak-room
were moved. Insulation and new siding were added
The bell tower and its original bell adds to the
charm of this one room Andrews Schoolhouse. It is now a museum and with
the surrounding historical church and train, plus the Garden. Awesome
place to be.