By Bob Weaver July, 2003

The Steven's one-room school project at Calhoun Park is the first of what historian Lorentz Carr Hamilton envisioned, a small Calhoun village from the early 1900's. The village, Hamilton said, could have a school, country store, grist mill and blacksmith shop.

The Calhoun Historical Society recently dedicated the Steven's School after several years of hard work and numerous obstacles, including wind storms. Just a few days ago Jim Bell was repairing the school's exterior after a tree fell against the building.

Bell pounds some new boards after storm

"This is an unusual chair"

Bell is proud of the contents of the school, items that represent that period of backwoods education in Calhoun. Everything from a pot-bellied stove, an "attitude adjuster," wall maps, water bucket, school books and dozens of other artifacts.

Bell and Duck Stevens did a re-location of an honest-to-god country outhouse to the Stevens site.

"There is a great assortment of old school desks, lots of different styles," said Bell, including one with a cane bottom.

Recently an old dictionary on a metal stand was donated by former resident William Parks of Vienna. The donation was accepted by Society President Bob Bonar. Bonar said many people have donated money, time and objects to the school.

91-year-old Grace Nichols looks at old dictionary

Globes and maps were part of every classroom

The Steven's School, originally located at the top of Pine Creek Hill above Grantsville, was one of 104 one-room schools that once provided education to county students.

Historical Society member Roger Jarvis, a Calhoun History Hero, said a new addition to the "village" will soon be added - the Jarvis Store and post office from Oka. The building is being donated by the Jarvis family and will be moved in one piece down Route 16 to the park.

"This job must be an antique"

Door knob coat rack

The water supply

That little house out back