Every Monday we share a vintage image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. Last week we shared the trio of photos above. Thanks to Todd Goff for sharing this with us!
Do you recognize this building? Where is it? What was it and what is it today?
Dianne Lansing: This is the Couchey Hill school house, now home to Ed & Bernie Douglas.
Couchey Hill Schoolhouse. Whallons Bay Schoolhouse. Was this perhaps also called Sunnyside (I ask because of the notation on the collage)? I know that the Harmon Noble House is also named Sunnyside. Is there a connection?
When do you think these photos were taken? At the top center it looks to me like it says “09” — so perhaps these photos were taken in 1909? One photo only has boys and one only has girls, so perhaps this is one class separated by gender in that year? The children appear various ages, so it is probable that the entire class was taught together as was common in small communities of the past with small or one-room schools. Do you recognize any of the children? See any familial resemblances?
Can you answer any of the questions above? Or maybe you have more questions? Please leave a comment and let’s try to figure out more of this building’s history together!
Share Your Essex Artifacts
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- Vintage Postcard: Sherwood Inn Waterfront (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: The Crater Club (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Essex Main Street Looking North (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Postcard: Camel’s Hump (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Photo: Residence of H.H. Noble (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)