Thorington Schoolhouse, Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan
Location: 42.785099, -83.058335, on the west side of Mound Road, just south of 31 Mile Road. Address is 66885 Mound Rd, Washington, MI.
Thorington Schoolhouse, shown below, was built before 1859, and was in use until the 1954-1955 school year. The school was annexed to Romeo Community Schools around 1955.
The schoolhouse was built to the standards of a Michigan one-room schoolhouse, with 3 large windows on each side to let in daylight sufficient for the students to see with. A pot-bellied stove was in the center of the room to provide heat during the cold Michigan winters. Some views of the interior of this schoolhouse, circa 2015-2016, are shown below:
Gravel Pits now rape the land behind the schoolhouse, as shown in this 2016 photograph behind the schoolhouse:
The Thorington Settlement is the oldest settlement in Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan. It is identified as the ghost town of Thoringtonville on Google Maps as of June 2021 but nothing is there except the schoolhouse, a few old farmhouses, and some new development. James Thorington (born 1766, died Jan 17 1836) was the first settler to this area, arriving in 1819, 18 years before Michigan would become a state. He is buried in Brabb Cemetary, on 31 Mile east of Mound Road, very close to the schoolhouse, and his tombstone still stands, evidenced by the first photo below. The Brabb Cemetary, whose entrance is shown in the second photo below, honors another of the early prominent families in the neighborhood, and their house named the Brabb House on Van Dyke Avenue in Romeo, shown in the 3rd photo below, is the venue in which my wife and I were married.