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December 22 2004

Press Release: BETHEL SCHOOL NEWS RELEASE

The first Open House of 2004 will be held at the Bethel one-room school on Sunday June 6, from 00 to 4:00 PM. Sally Eno Soden will present a reenactment as a 1917 teacher. Included in the program will be a spelling bee using the word list used by students from thirty schools at the April 14, 1917 Wayne County spelling contest.

Bethel School was built around 1870 and was closed in 1951. It has the original desks, many texts and other artifacts. The school is owned by Wayne County and has been preserved through the efforts of the Wayne County Commissioners. They have provided a new laid stone foundation, a new roof, exterior paint, and care for the grounds. In 2001 students in the building trades program at Wallenpaupack Area constructed a replica outhouse and donated it to the school. The Wayne County Historical Society hosts the public events on the first Sunday of each summer month. To date over 2700 people have visited the historic school. Join us to share old school memories and check out your spelling abilities.

To reach Bethel from Route 6 east of Honesdale, take Route 652 at Indian Orchard for one mile, then go right at Red Line Transmission for one mile. The school is on the left. For further information call the Wayne County Historical Society 570.253.3240 or Sally Eno Soden 570.253.2948.

LOCAL SCENE AND WHAT’S HAPPENING

Bethel one-room school Open House will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2004 from 00 to 4:00 PM. Sally Eno Soden will do a reenactment as a 1917 teacher with a spelling bee using the Wayne County list of that year. To reach Bethel from Route 6 east of Honesdale, take Route 652 for one mile, then go right at Red Line Transmission for one mile. The school is on the left. Information at 570.253.3240 to 570.253.2946.