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Stalker Schoolhouse

Stalker. Manchester Township This house in northern Wayne County began its existence as a rural schoolhouse. In the early 1800s the area was known as Kellams; later it was renamed Stalker. The architectural design of this building is typical of most one-room rural schoolhouses found throughout the county. The children attending this school would have been in grades first through eighth. Rural schools were located to accommodate the majority of children living in the immediate area, but for those living in sparsely populated areas a two-mile (or farther) walk each morning and afternoon was not uncommon. This building had been vacant for many years, until owners. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Fritze, hired Chris Wallingford to do the restoration. The entrance way and shutters were the only exterior changes. The original six-over-six windows remain. As much of the original clapboard as possible was carefully preserved What is now a vestibule was a cloakroom where the pupils left their coats, hats, galoshes, and lunch boxes before entering the classroom. Boys and girls had separate entrances into the classroom from the cloakroom. The entrance doors and two original blackboards are part of the present-day living quarters. The schoolhouse was heated by a wood-burning stove. The space where the stovepipe entered the wall has become a library for old school books. The beautifully finished flooring is the original "on-edge" boards. Mr. and Mrs. Fritze did a wonderful job of making the schoolhouse into a complete residence. They incorporated the history of the early building into a twenty-first century residence.

Text by Marge Hook

Line Drawing by William Amptman

From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.

This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.