Rural Routes

Harvest is finally starting to wind down and we have about 200 acres of corn and beans left to combine.  I’ll be so happy to have my farmer home at a decent time and be able to fix dinner at 6:30pm instead of midnight! Last Sunday we headed out to one of the fields they were working on and as soon as we arrived I couldn’t take my eyes off this stone building that was standing in front of me. I’ve traveled this road dozen of times, and every time I drove by it has always been covered in weeds and trees and you could barely make it out, until now.

Welcome to Pleasant Valley Rock School House. A one room school house, on a gravel road, in the middle of nowhere, about 6 miles away from town. There are a few one room school houses in my area, but most of them are run down and too scary to go into, even during the day! So driving up to Pleasant Valley, I was pleasantly surprised to find, that someone is taking the time and money to fix it up. As you can see it sits on this beautiful patch of flat green grass with just enough room to play a game of kickball. Structurally it’s sound, but it’s definitely a fixer uppers dream. My research shows the owner purchased the building and the small patch of land it sits on for $1! Yea….really wish I would have known it was for sale or more like for steal for that price.

Inside Pleasant Valley Rock

If walls could talk! As you can see these walls wouldn’t have too much to say, but I can only imagine what this place was like back in the day. I think it’s pretty neat that you can still see the original chalkboards that have some writing on them, but who knows how old the writing is. The floor is getting a much needed face lift, but I think the worst of the renovation will be the walls and ceiling. They are in pretty bad shape, however I’m really digging the exposed brick.

Entrance into School
Before Picture

Someone saw the beauty in this old, run down, weed invested, school house, and decided to bring it back to life. Can’t wait to see what it looks like restored! Stay tuned!


“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”

― John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in



9 thoughts on “Rural Routes

  1. The John Lubbock quote is excellent. So true.

    It’s nice to know someone is stepping up to rescue that old school. So many historical treasures like that just crumble and fade away. A friend of mine just bought a decaying old country schoolhouse here and has fixed the roof and painted it, so it will live on at least another generation. As you say, if only walls could talk…

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