Continuing with its historic preservation month at the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, here is the Hart’s Corner Schoolhouse – the interesting brick building standing at the intersection next to the Township municipal building.
There is more information below, and you can explore all five historic sites around the Hopewell Valley, now marked with historic interpretive signage here.
The HVHS meeting on Sunday, September 20 features a panel session on historic preservation in the Hopewell Valley, with the chairs of all three of our local Historic Preservation Commissions, who are on the front lines of protecting and enhancing our rich local architectural and cultural heritage. You can register to attend this meeting in person outdoors, or view it at home streamed online. For more information and registration, click here.
Built in 1906, the one-room Hart’s Corner Schoolhouse served students of Bear District No. 12 from 1907 until 1936. Initially, it accommodated children from kindergarten through 8th grade, but with public school education increasingly consolidated in larger village-based schools, only kindergarten through 4th grade students attended the school in the early 1930s.
The schoolhouse also functioned as a meeting hall, office space, and occasional courtroom for the township government from the late 1920s until the mid-1960s, when the adjoining municipal complex opened. Its final use in the 1970s was as the office of the Township’s Superintendent of Roads.
In 2000, the building took a brief stroll some 200 feet to the north to its current location in order to allow for enlargement of the Scotch Road / Washington Crossing-Pennington Road intersection, located at the intersection of Scotch Road and Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, close to the Hopewell Township municipal building.
From the Hopewell Valley Historical Society’s Facebook page