The Oldest Wood School House in the United States produces a study in colors during preservation work. While visiting St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S., on a family vacation with her niece — who is working on her master's degree in special education — Clara B. Schmick of Kissimmee couldn't resist a picture of the wooden schoolhouse that dates back to the early 1700s, when Spain controlled Florida. Built of red cedar and cypress, and held together with wooden pegs and handmade nails, the one-classroom schoolhouse is a far cry from modern buildings — and provided an education that was very "special" to its students.
COURTESY OF CLARA B. SCHMICK
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