Visit Stewart School

Visit Stewart School

The Old School House, Stewart School, will be open for visitors during the Harvest Festival October 4th and 5th. Stop by to view the exterior renovations to the building and hear about plans for interior renovation. Stewart School, the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Stow, was moved to Heritage Reserve Park one year ago. Thanks to generous community donations and hard working volunteers, the schoolhouse has been added to the historic buildings operated by Stow Historical Society. Fund raising is still in process to assist with interior renovations.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.

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Stewart School Update

Stewart School Update

Phase Two of the Old Schoolhouse Project has begun. Siding is installed and roofing materials have been ordered. Stop by Heritage Reserve Park to see the progress!  Click here to read more about the renovation of Stewart School and how you can help.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.

Stewart School front doors (one for the boys and one for the girls), front steps, siding, and new roof.


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Old Schoolhouse Update

Old Schoolhouse Update

If you haven’t seen the Stewart School lately, plan to stop by Heritage Reserve Park to see the progress so far. New windows were recently installed in the building and doors were installed April 18th.

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Moving Day

Moving Day

oshmove1The Old Schoolhouse, Stewart School, was moved to its new home at the Heritage Reserve Park Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Thank you to the community for your generous support on this special project. Thank you to Project Leader, Bob FLower, his construction crew, and members of the Fundraising Team for making this possible.

Stewart School Update

Stewart School Update

Stow Historical Society is now about 18 months into the Old Schoolhouse (OSH) Project. We have gone through the major parts of the planning to the “move the building” stage. All the requesting and getting approvals, the preparations requiring drawings, the search for contractors and awarding of contracts are all invisible and behind the scenes tasks. The only visible indications that the OSH building will be moved are that the building siding, windows, and front stoop have been removed. Replacing the siding is a wrapping of Tyvek that will keep the water out until we start the outside restoration.

The  OSH site in the Heritage Reserve Park is being prepared for the construction of the new foundation. The location has been marked, the trees have been trimmed, the construction fence has been installed, and the steel plates placed in front of the excavation site. We are ready for the foundation excavation to begin the morning of Friday Sept 27 th . After the footers are poured, the two side foundation walls will be constructed. The top 16” of the foundation will be faced with stone. The stone facing has been cut from the original foundation stones that sat under the Stewart School from the 1880s until about 1956. The floor of the foundation will be poured concrete in preparation for the arrival of the building.
The moving of Stewart School required getting permits, preparing the building and the site, and selecting and contracting for a House Mover. This has been completed and the mover will be on site Monday October 14 th to prepare for the relocation. By the evening of Tuesday the 15 th they plan to have the building by the street on wheels. This means the three utility companies must have their wires removed or relocated from the poles in front of current Young Road lot and the entrance to Silver Springs Park.  Sometime between 9:00 AM and noon on Wed the October 16 th the building will move up the road a quarter of a mile to its new site. By the end of the day Wednesday Stewart School will be resting on the new foundation walls. Following that, the two end walls will be constructed and the foundation will be backfilled.
Please feel free to come and witness this BIG event. It will signify the end of Phase One and the start of Phase Two. Phase Two is the restoration of the outside of the schoolhouse. Consider joining the Construction Team as we plan the restoration tasks, purchasing of the materials and putting them in place to make Stewart School look like it did in its heyday. Phase Three of the restoration will be done on the inside. This too will start soon and needs to have volunteer workers. Please call Stow Historical Society at (330) 689_2852 or Bob at (330) 688-5888 to get on a TEAM.

Save Our Schoolhouse campaign

Save Our Schoolhouse campaign

The Save Our Schoolhouse campaign is coming along nicely, thanks in large part to the tremendous work done by Bob Flower and the construction committee. We anticipate moving the building to Silver Springs in the early fall.

But we still have a long way to go in order to complete the move and renovate the building to its original look and make it a usable space.

Please consider helping our cause by dining at the Bob Evan’s in Stow (3489 Hudson Dr) on Monday, August 19 and/or Tuesday, August 20. The restaurant will donate 15% of checks tallied at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to our SoS campaign!

Simply print off the attached flyer and present it to your server. bob evans flyer

Just think about the friends you could meet for breakfast, the clients you could take out for lunch, and the family that would appreciate a dinner out!

MFHS Donation

MFHS Donation

Bob Flower (third from left), Save Our Schoolhouse chairman, accepts a donation from Munroe Falls Historical Society President James Case. The donation will help fund the costs of moving and renovating the former Stewart School, last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Stow. To read more about the SOS project please go to http://www.stowhistory.org/save-our-schoolhouse/. Click here for a downloadable donation form. mfhsdonation

Old Schoolhouse

Old Schoolhouse

schoolkeytransferChairman of the Old Schoolhouse Committee Bob Flower (left) and Stow Historical Society President John Baranek (center) accept the key to Stewart School from  Metro Parks of Summit County Director Keith Shy May 31st. Stewart School, the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Stow will soon be moved from Metro Parks property to Heritage Reserve Park in Silver Springs Park.  Please click here to read more about the campaign to Save Our Schoolhouse.

Old Schoolhouse Update

Old Schoolhouse Update

It is time we brought everyone up to date regarding the Old Schoolhouse Project. The Fund Raising Committee has been very active and has made our project well known to all in the area via the Harvest Festival kickoff and the Stow Sentry Mini-series. They also have visited Stow businesses and organizations and placed donation canisters in their stores. The organizations have responded with donations including the Stow Munroe Falls Rotary with a donation of $10,000. The FRC also submitted a grant request to the Lehner Family Foundation of Munroe Falls. They also responded with a grant of $10,000. With these donations and the money in the bank, we have almost enough to build the new building foundation and move the building.

The Construction Team has been active in doing the necessary things to make the building move happen. This included submitting the request to move the building to the City of Stow Planning and Zoning committee. This was approved by them, approved by the Council Planning committee, and City Council.  The architect has been hired and the drawings are being prepared. We next have to get the plans approved by the City. We also met with the Metro Parks to have them initiate the transfer of the building to the City of Stow. We have their cooperation and support for the move, and they do not have plans for that property in 2013. The new site for the OSH has been selected and stakes are in the ground. You can drive into Heritage Reserve Park, go past the cupola and the site is on the left.

There are opportunities to apply your time and talents to the tasks related to the move preparation and the post move restoration. If you or you know someone who would like to volunteer as part of the OSH Committee, please call Bob Flower or John Baranek. We are working towards a goal of moving in the third quarter of this year.

Bob Flower – OSH Committee Chair