Monday, February 1, 2010

Oldest School in U.S. - Over the Years ...

1. has flowers, fence, and other buildings in first card
2. missing other buildings (you can see the one in front is already caving in on first postcard)
3. fence and flowers are missing in the final stages

This Little Red Cedar School House, oldest in the U.S., is on St. George Street, protected in olden days by the City Gates and old Castillo de San Marcos. Visited yearly by thousands. Open daily.

postmarked with 1 cent Washington stamp
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The Oldest School House, St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida

The Oldest City in the United States

The Oldest wooden School House, under three flags stands on quaint Old St. George Street just within the Old City Gates. As evidence a Spanish map of 1788 shows this red cedar house "in fair condition". It has been used in recent exhibition as contrast to the most modern types of school architecture.

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Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida. Constructed of cypress and red cedar, this building was put together with wooden pegs. This ancient building also served as a dwelling for the schoolmaster and his family.

Photographed in Natural color by Gene Aiken.


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And Today ---

Oldest Wooden School House
14 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Fl

This building is the oldest wooden structure of its era in St. Augustine, being made of cedar and cypress. The interior has been restored with animated figures of the teacher and pupils, rare school-books, slates and slate pencils, and old maps.

Photo by Bob Braun
John Hinde Curteich postcard

unused, bought in 2009

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