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Shepherdstown, West Virginia: Little House for Lab Brats

Said to have been built so that student teachers could observe children playing in -- a child-sized house.

Princess Street, Shepherdstown, WV
I-81 exit 16. Hwy 9 south to Martinsburg, then turn left onto Hwy 45. Drive east into Shepherdstown. Go straight through the four-way stop, then turn left at the next four-way stop onto Princess Street. Look to the left. OR I-70 exit 49. Take Hwy 40 west through Middletown to Boonsboro, Maryland. Turn left onto Hwy 34, and follow it through Sharpsburg across the Potomac River into Shepherdstown. Turn left at the four-way stop onto Route 45 (German Street), and turn left at the next four-way stop onto Princess Street. Look to the left.
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Little House for Lab Brats

This is usually open on holidays, football games, etc. Check the Shepherd University website. It's actually built by the women of the (former) Women's College so the ladies could prove they had just as much skill with carpentry as the men. I've never heard of them "observing" children in it...

[S. McKenrick, 07/01/2010]
Little House for Lab Brats

I'm from the area -- sometimes children can still go in on special field trips. Lots of funky and fun shops in Shepherdstown.

[Stephanie, 01/27/2010]
Little House

The Little House in Shepherdstown is the BIGGEST thing for the town's kiddies. It is occasionally open, usually when something is going on in town like a parade or festival. The kids get so excited that they can go inside the house and not just look in its windows, which you can do any ol' day of the week. I took a field trip there in elementary school and it wasn't open; I only got to look in the windows.

[Hilary, 04/29/2005]

Tiny house.

Little House for Lab Brats

The smallest house in Shepherdstown is supersized doll house, an old Shepherd College project. Completed in 1929, the two-story "house" has five rooms and measures 10 feet high by 9-1/2 feet wide, with 5 1/2 foot ceilings. It was built so student teachers could observe children playing in the "Laboratory setting." It now belongs to Shepherd University. I am only 4'11" -- look how big I look!

[Lesley Quesada, 04/08/2005]

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