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Abbey Creek School

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Mt Vernon, IA, United States, Iowa, USA 52314
Year Built/Circa: 1856
Current Use: Museum
Current Owner: Linn County Conservation Board
Vacancy: Occupied
Historic Significance: Abbe Creek School was first organized in 1844 by pioneer homesteaders, and a local carpenter was engaged to build the first log school. The school was first called "Sumner" or "Kepler" but later it came to be known affectionately as "Little Brick".
Architect Builder Engineer: The school was built in 1856 of soft brick thought to have been manufactured locally at Port Stottler brickyard. The building measures 20 X 26 feet and originally faced north. With the grading and paving of the Lincoln Highway in 1925, the school was moved to face east and the cemetery was isolated from it by the highway. A Lincoln Highway marker still stands on the school grounds.
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Oldest standing brick school house in Iowa-Abbey Creek School.

 

Abbe Creek School was first organized in 1844 by pioneer homesteaders, and a local carpenter was engaged to build the first log school. The school was first called “Sumner” or “Kepler” but later it came to be known affectionately as “Little Brick”.

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