December 23 2009

Press Release: Bethel School Open House Sunday, July 26

The Wayne County Historical Society will host this July Open House at the Bethel School in Berlin Township this Sunday, July 23, from 1 to 4 pm. There will be a special presentation at 2 p. m.

Bethel School is a well-preserved one-room school house, built about 1870. The school sits on county land near the former Poor Farm in Berlin Township. It was closed as a school in 1951, and its stone foundation was beginning to crumble when the Wayne County Historical Society met with the County Commissioners in 1997 at Bethel School to discuss the possibility of saving Bethel before it collapsed. The Commissioners agreed to put in a new stone foundation and paid for a new roof, rebuilt the porch and stairs, and had the exterior painted in historically accurate colors. Much work was provided by the County Jail's Work Release Program

Since the summer of 1998 the Wayne County Historical Society has organized educational programs and open houses at Bethel School through an agreement with the County Commissioners. Between 1998 and the end of summer 2008, thousands of visitors have walked back in time by visiting Bethel School. The Wayne County Historical Society is pleased to provide these programs and help preserve this treasure of Wayne County's rich history.

To reach Bethel School, take Route 6 east to Route 652. Turn left on Route 652 and go about one mile to Bethel School Road (former Indian Orchard Grange on corner). Turn right on Bethel School Road. The school is about one mile on the left. For more information, call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 (email or check out the Bethel School on the society's website,