Monday, August 16, 2010

An Old Forgotten School House on Cream Ridge Road, Township Highway 895

While on our Barnes Cemetery Adventure, we accidentally found
a BONUS!   This old building sits right beside the road.  Never one to be shy, I walked up to the owners house and asked him about it.  He said it was built around 1866, and was at one time a one room school house!  He took us inside and showed us around. It once had a fireplace, but later was heated by an old pot belly stove (pictured with Briana).    The owners  are working on their own to try to save it.  On the outside of the building you will find carved initials of the children who attended school here.  I am looking for information about this old building.  It's name.  How long it was a school.  Anything.
Like I said:  Columbiana County is full of lost history.  G12 is working to find it!  And any ghosts we happen to find along the way!

Barnes/Lowries Cemetery

Mike is a garbage guy and he finds little cemeteries like this one once in a while.  The sign says Barnes Cemetery, but when you look it up, the official name is Lowery's.  Here is a link for Find-a-Grave with a little more info on it.
As always, thanks Dave for the great research work!
While 12 people are  listed as being buried in this cemetery, there are divots in the ground that suggest others as well.  Often, people were buried in Pine Boxes.  Made of simple wood, it didn't take long for them to rot away in the ground.  When this happens, the ground sinks into the now empty space, creating a sort of sink hole at the grave.  It may also be that family members came and dug up their loved ones, moving them to another cemetery.  There is a large sunken in area pictured above that might suggest several graves were moved, though I can't say for sure that that is the case.  If you have any history on this little cemetery, please let me know.