The first Scranton School was a log cabin built in 1876 near the intersection of River Road and highway 54 near City Point. The second Scranton School, which you see here, built in 1904, was originally located on the corner of County Highway E and Peterson Rd (near the intersection of State Highway 54 and County E today) in the town of Hiles. Around 1947 the school closed due to low attendance. In 2008 the school building was donated by Dennis & Connie Potter to the Pittsville Area Historical Society. After fundraising and securing grants of nearly $50,000, in 2009 it was carefully dismantled and moved to the museum property in Pittsville where it was painstakingly reconstructed and restored to its original glory.
The missing rooftop school bell was found, but it had a crack. The company that originally made the bell was contacted and, amazingly, still had two identical bells that had been cast at the same time as the Scranton School bell; one was purchased to replace the cracked bell. Visitors today can ring the bell by pulling the rope dropping down through the ceiling in the vestibule.
You can find more stories and information about long ago life at Scranton school, plus life at many other country schools in the towns and communities around the Pittsville area in the book, Reading Riting Rithmetic and Recess by Sally Winkels (1989), sold at the museum, or see the Shopping page on this website.