Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Photography - Millbury School #1

I love old buildings. Half of the reason I find them to be interesting has to do with their history. Especially if they're particularly beautiful buildings that have been abandoned. Take for instance this abandoned school I stumbled across recently when I was passing through Millbury, Ohio.

Millbury School #1

It was built in 1909, as indicated by the molding above the door. But there was no way of knowing when it was abandoned. As I snapped pictures, I expected that I wouldn't find any information at all about this school, but I was wrong.

Millbury School Entrance

At Old Ohio Schools, I found this photograph of students in front of Millbury School #1. You can't see it in my pictures, but an addition has been built on the far side since the school was built. I was in a hurry to go to a family gathering so I only had a few minutes to even snap these few photos, which focused on the more interesting portion of the building.

I also found a news article from April 23, 2008, about Millbury School #1 going on the auction block, but couldn't find if it had actually been sold:
On Tuesday the Lake School district will put the century-old Millbury school, on Ohio 795 and Main Street, on the auction block. The auctioneer Chuck Bell, of Re/Max Preferred Associates, Oregon, said the auction will be “absolute.” By the end of the day, the building will be sold.

As with Commodore, citizens have expressed interest in taking on the building. The 1909 Committee has raised $50,000 so far in hopes that the district would lease the group the building that could then be turned into a senior center, theater or a library.
Well, it's not a senior center, theater, or a library, but there is a recession happening right now and Millbury is a pretty small town. I don't imagine a lot of new developments will be happening there. Next time I end up in Ohio, I'd like to find this school again and take more detailed photos. In the meantime, you can check out this photo set by oldohioschools.


  1. I went to this school when I was in elementary school. At the time it only had grades 1 through 4. 5th and 6th graders had to go to a nearby school district. The classes were housed in the new addition, but the cafeteria and special classrooms were in the old building in the photograph. They used to have a scary haunted house in the basement of the old building every Halloween. The building was sold a while ago and is now a CB shop. Thank you for the wonderful picture.

  2. the school have been partially converted into a home and is currently in the process of being sold

  3. Who bought the school?

    1. Hello, my husband and I bought the old school and are in the process of finishing the process of converting it into a home.