Gardner School, Buchanan Township, Berrien County, Michigan

Location: 41.8413, -86.3747

Gardner School was built circa 1860. The sign above the front door reads "Gardner School, District No 4, Weesaw Township" so it's unclear to me whether the schoolhouse was originally in Weesaw Township (the township to the west of Buchanan Township, where the school is now located) or whether Buchanan Township was served by the Weesaw Township schools at the time of construction. The schoolhouse is a rather large building with four large windows on each side and a single centered door in front with no windows. The bell tower is intact but enclosed with shutters making it impossible to determine whether a school bell still exists. There is an outhouse in back and a water pump in front. When I happened to visit the schoolhouse there was a display of scarecrows on the ground; I don't know their significance.

    
Gardner School, built circa 1860, in Buchanan Township of Berrien County, Michigan
    
Gardner School, built circa 1860, in Buchanan Township of Berrien County, Michigan
    
Gardner School, built circa 1860, in Buchanan Township of Berrien County, Michigan
    
Scarecrows beside Gardner School, built circa 1860, in Buchanan Township of Berrien County, Michigan

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