Old school style

Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
Lockbourne Village Administrator Jane McJunkin looks over a vintage blackboard circa the turn of the 20th century that was discovered during the restoration of the first floor of the Hamilton Township school district’s first four-year high school. The brick structure was later owned by a masonic lodge before the village bought the building and began restoring the building to its original appearance.
Carolyn Shirkey Lester (left) and Lockbourne Mayor Christie Ward( right) reminisce about the former Hamilton Township schoolhouse the village of Lockbourne is restoring back to its former glory, with plans to turn the structure into an event center. Shirkey attended first and second grade inside the building before it was purchased by a masonic lodge in the 1950s after having served as a school since the late 1890s. Lockbourne budgeted $115,000 on the first stage of the renovation, with another $100,000 coming from monetary donations and in-kind contributions. Ward anticipates the first floor will be ready for rental in December. Restoration of the second floor is underway and construction of a patio is planned for spring.
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