About the Williamsville School #9
Year Built: ca. 1880
Sponsored By: The Rotary Club of Williamsville
This one-room schoolhouse was originally located at New and Smith Roads. The building was used as a school until the early 1950s and is an excellent example of late 19th-century schoolhouse architecture. The double desks in the front of the schoolhouse are original furnishings. All others are from the late 19th century. Look for the recently restored rondel over the door identifying the school.
What YOUR support will do…
Although much restoration work has been completed on the building, more is needed. Our plan includes a new roof for the building along with accurate landscaping and fencing that was typical of the 19th century. Our historic buildings and grounds staff will also purchase period specific furnishings that are not yet in place including an 1880 flag to fly above the schoolhouse. Your support will allow us to run many educational programs from the schoolhouse and continue our work with students of all ages.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Williamsville School #9, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $15,000. A five year pledge of $3,000 is needed to better care for the structure, interpret the dwelling, and align Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village with the New York State Core Curriculum for our visiting classroom students. Such supported projects will also directly increase admission numbers and help the museum become a self-sustaining center for learning and tourism.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
- Restore the roof of the entire house
- Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
- Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the building
- Restore some interiors and furnishings
- Redo and add historically-appropriate fencing and landscaping to the house
- Operate educational programs and experiences from the building.