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Onondaga School says good-bye after 144 years

Onondaga School says good-bye after 144 years
The old Onondaga Central School house is being demolished after years of service as a rural school, closed decades ago. As of Tuesday morning, all that remains is the bell tower. Photos by Jim Windle

ONONDAGA — Built in 1874, the old Onondaga Central School house on highway 54, had its day as a rural school many years ago. It was later converted into the former Onondaga Township Hall, but in time, that too became obsolete by todays standards. In the meantime, the Onondaga Fire Service built temporary buildings behind

ONONDAGA — Built in 1874, the old Onondaga Central School house on highway 54, had its day as a rural school many years ago. It was later converted into the former Onondaga Township Hall, but in time, that too became obsolete by todays standards. In the meantime, the Onondaga Fire Service built temporary buildings behind the old school to house their equipment, which has also become obsolete.

The venerable old cast iron school bell sits crated in front of the remains of the school house, protected by concrete barriers.

Despite valiant efforts by some Onondaga area residents and historical preservationists, the inevitable happened last week when Brant County Council ordered its demolition to make room for a brand new Onondaga Fire Hall. Many important artifacts from the 1870’s have been preserved in the building’s demolition including the old bell which sat voiceless in the tower for several decades before being enshrined on a pedestal in front of the school recently. The venerable old cast iron school bell now sits crated in front of the remains of the school house, protected by concrete barriers.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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