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Oldest Wood School House.

Oldest School House, Grove of Educators

Field review by the editors.

St. Augustine, Florida

The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse opened as a school in 1788, and as an attraction in 1936. Essentially it exists to show visitors that America's early schoolhouses were small, dark, and primitive. A glamor mannequin stands at an upstairs window, representing a teacher.

Inside, another teacher, this one a robot, instructs a class of robot kids. We noticed a large chain wrapped around the building; the tour guide told us it was put there to keep the Schoolhouse from blowing apart during hurricanes.

Behind the school house is The Grove of Educators, an ambitious post-WWII attempt at pan-American unity that, according to its plaque, would "include a statue of a famous educator selected by each of the countries of the Western Hemisphere." It never really caught on; only five Latin America countries participated, and the last statue arrived in 1954.

Oldest School House, Grove of Educators

14 St George St., St. Augustine, FL
In the downtown historic district. On the west side of St George St., one block south of Orange St.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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