Details for Stringtown Schoolhouse (Atlas Number 5351012453)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5351012453


Marker Number 12453
Atlas Number 5351012453
Marker Title Stringtown Schoolhouse
Index Entry Stringtown Schoolhouse
City Newton vicinity
County Newton
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes educational topics; educational buildings
Marker Year 2000
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 4 miles north of Newton on SH 87, then 5 miles north on FM 1414
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Built in 1908, this one-room wood-frame schoolhouse served the students of Stringtown for nearly 40 years. Joe S. Griggs, a community resident and later a school trustee, used his own money to hire John Pepper to construct the building. A later addition, used to house the teacher overnight when necessary, was removed after it burned. Until 1940, the schoolhouse also served as a meeting place for the Primitive Baptist Church. After the Stringtown School consolidated with Newton schools after the 1942-43 school year, the Stringtown schoolhouse became a gathering place for community activities and reunions. The building stands as a reminder of 20th-century rural education in Texas. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2000