You are here

One-Room Schoolhouse Museum

-A A +A
1871, 1963. Southeast of Hardway Hall
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Nestled in a wooded glade below Hardway Hall, this little one-room schoolhouse, a simple rectangular block measuring 23 feet by 26 feet, adds a charmingly old-fashioned architectural note to the campus. Built in 1871 as the Snodgrass School, it originally stood at Rymer, twenty-eight miles away in the western part of Marion County. It was taken down in sections and rebuilt at the college in 1963 as a West Virginia Centennial project. A small shedroofed porch protects the entrance, and a tiny belfry presides over the gable of a standingseam metal roof. Furnishings typical of oneroom schools, including a potbellied stove, provide an authentic flavor inside. One of the oldest remaining elementary schools built after West Virginia was created, this is also one of the most authentic of the state's one-room schoolhouses that have been preserved and rehabilitated.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


What's Nearby


S. Allen Chambers Jr., "One-Room Schoolhouse Museum", [Fairmont, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.