Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Leiperville School

Still standing at 1124 Chester Pike in Leiperville, or if you prefer, Crum Lynne the school, built on 1874 was one of the first two story schools in the area. The above picture shows the school in it's original state before rear and front additions. The school was built to accommodate students from Ridley Township, Ridley Park and Eddystone. Two story school were unusual at the time because they were considered fire traps. Like most local towns schools were still done in small one room school houses with a teacher teaching several grades at once. If two teachers taught in the same school house it was considered two schools because of the two teachers. In those days teachers worked for one year and then they had to be reappointed every year by the school board. Ridley's last one room school house closed in 1912. The last in the county closed in the late 1940's. Today the school is the home of Target Construction.