The Old Fly Creek Preparatory School schoolhouse bell has been restored and was rung on Thursday, September 1 at 4 pm. The schoolhouse was built before the turn of the century by local artisans.
It was originally a 3-room schoolhouse with separate entrances for boys and girls grades K – 6. As many as 125 students attended each year, until it closed in 1956, when Fly Creek students were sent to Cooperstown schools.
The schoolhouse stood empty for many years until the 1960s when the Sammis family purchased it for a family home.
Next Dave Baker and wife Scottie bought and remodeled it in 1968. They used it as their home and had a shop which became The Schoolhouse Furniture Gallery. They sold furniture on all 3 floors to local community members, including many of the school’s original attendees.
This part of Fly Creek, Hooker Street, was remapped in 1969, and was renamed Schoolhouse Road.
The furniture store closed in 1989. Dr. Charles Howarth and wife Jennifer bought the property and raised their family there.
In November of 2020, Brad and Shelley Marcus purchased the schoolhouse to use as their residence and finished the extensive renovations.