Muncy Historical Society operates the “Eight Square,” a fully restored one room schoolhouse, built in 1872, on the site of Lycoming County’s first public school. This frame structure replaced the original right-sided log structure built in 1796. Volunteers conduct one-room living history programs by appointment.
The Eight-Square is a fully restored schoolhouse built on the site of Lycoming County’s first public school. Recognizing the importance of education, American Revolution veteran George Smith donated a portion of his land so that the children of Moreland Township could come together to learn. The original school, an eight-sided structure built in 1796, was replaced by the current frame building in 1872.
First- through eighth-grade classes were taught in the one room frame school until 1958. In 1999 Loretta Raup donated the 8-Square to the Muncy Historical Society.
Society and community volunteers donated over 10,000 hours to the school’s restoration and their efforts were rewarded when the project received the prestigious Community Service Award from Pennsylvania Preservation.
In addition to the annual fundraising social, the society hosts on-site living history programs during the spring through fall months, putting students through lesson plans dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Proceeds from the social and living history programs help to offset the costs to maintain the school property.
Muncy Historical Society’s fully restored one-room school is located in Moreland Twp. Directions: Click on the View Larger Map to use the Google Map tool and find your way to the 8-Square, One-Room Schoolhouse.
GPS LAT/LONG Coordinates: 41.187401, -76.640263
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