Converted 1887 schoolhouse for sale, complete with bell
Oneida Township — Can’t wake the kids? A house for sale in the Lansing area has a long rope attached to a school bell.
Holly Way is selling a former one-room schoolhouse in Eaton County that was built in 1887 and converted into a four-bedroom home.
“Some people want a home with a lot of character,” she told the Lansing State Journal. “This home has got a ton of character. I think it will tug at people’s heart strings just knowing its history.”
Indeed, the bell still works, and there’s a ledger with a teacher’s handwritten notes from generations ago. “Ted,” perhaps the name of a student, is carved in a brick. The wood floors are from the 1920s.
The Canadian Settlement school, as it was known, was open until 1954 in Oneida Township, 13 miles west of Lansing. Way purchased it for $68,000 in 2002 when it was a craft shop and turned it into a home for her and three kids.
Jan Sedore of the Eaton County Historical Commission said one-room schoolhouses still are meaningful.
“People want to own them, to live in them,” she said. “Nobody wants to see them go away. It’s something that, in people’s minds, shouldn’t be gotten rid of.”
The asking price: $158,000.