When visiting my family back in Indiana over Christmas 2010, I stopped to take photos of an abandoned Jefferson Township School near Shannondale, Indiana. I grew up driving by this school for many, many years. My last visit to my hometown was in 2000 to bury my father. I had never really acknowledged it’s existence until this last trip home. It was cold, snowy, and very surreal. The visions and voices of the children in decades past echoed through my mind as I tromped through the snow, fingers numb as I refuse to put on gloves when taking pictures or taking film.
The school was founded in 1926, and taught all grades from from either kindergarten or first through senior year graduation. I believe there was a small farming community called Old Dover during this time. I am unsure of when it closed as I have had a difficult time finding any history on line. I believed it closed in 1974 when Western Boone High School opened. This was very normal during this period… the small town and country schools closed all to combine into a larger, newly opened facility.
For you listening pleasure, here is “Palladio” as performed by Scala: