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School adorns 2004 Greencastle ornament

November 12, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Old Brown's Mill School, built in 1836, is the subject of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce's 2004 Christmas ornament.

The ornament costs $17 and can be ordered at the chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St. and at all banks in Greencastle. Payment is required at the time the order is placed. The ornaments will be available during the week of Dec. 1.

According to Dana Given, executive director of the chamber, the ornaments have become a tradition among local families and residents who have been collecting them every Christmas season since the first one, depicting Martin's Mill Bridge, came out in the early 1990s.

In 1836, 51 residents raised $400 to build a school out of native stone. The money was raised in pledges ranging from 50 cents to $50.

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The building served as a school and community center for 85 years. In 1921, a new school was built across the road and Brown's Mill School was abandoned. Several organizations have maintained the structure as a memorial to one-room schools.

Today, the building is owned and maintained by the Kittochtinny Historical Society.

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