Looking Back: The Green School Bell

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 30, 2014

Photo courtesy of Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society

In 1866, Hartwell Green and his wife, Mary, donated land for a one-room schoolhouse for their children and others in that area. Built on Green Road, this wooden plank building measured 20 by 34 feet. One teacher taught all eight grades, and students ranged in age from 5-18 years old. The Greens also provided boarding for the school teacher. In 1878, the one male teacher on staff earned $112 for 18 weeks of instruction. This Green School had a total of three different bells throughout its history. One of these bells is on display at the Orchard Lake Museum, located at Orchard Lake and Long Lake roads. Children are invited to visit the museum and ring the bell. Two more Green Schools located near the same site continued to serve children.

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