Located near the City Gates, The Old School House
is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years
ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was
constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden
pegs and handmade nails.
The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, above
the small classroom. Their kitchen was separated from the main building,
because of the threat of fire and to spare the house of any excess
heat during the long summers. Several of the cooking utensils used
in those days are displayed here for the visitor. In the schoolhouse,
related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from
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