Join them for a Fun Filled Weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th at the old one room schoolhouse in Sycamore. Both days include on-going tours of the school, live folk music in the schoolyard, souvenirs, raffles, games, cake walks, rolling hoops, cat & mouse and more. Food will be available at ‘Yesterday’s Prices’. See models wearing costumes planned for School District field trips to Old North Grove School.
North Grove School, 3 miles northwest of Sycamore, was built in 1878 by the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church as a parochial and Sunday school. Pupils of diverse ethnic backgrounds learned their lessons in Swedish, even several years after the DeKalb County public school system purchased the school in 1880. The Sycamore unit district acquired the school in 1949, and it continued as a school until 1952, when it was closed. The North Grove community continued to lovingly maintain the building and used it as a neighborhood social center for many years.
Upon the closing of North Grove School in 1952, all furnishings were removed. However many furnishings from old Sycamore schools were still in storage in the 1960s when the Natural Resource Center in Genoa began using the site for special education programs. The school was refurbished and re-supplied using these furnishings, with additional period pieces being donated by private citizens.
In 1970 North Grove School at 26745 Brickville Road (Map) was listed in the Illinois Directory of Historical Buildings. Today the school is still owned by the Sycamore School District but is leased to and cared for by the North Grove School Association, whose goal is to preserve this educational icon for future generations.
This Saturday is Founders Day at North Grove School from 11am – 4pm. There will be fiddle and banjo music and a hotdog lunch available. On Sunday, from 1pm – 4pm will be guitar music and root beer float. The Old North Grove School is located at 26745 Brickville Rd., in Sycamore. For more information visit their website at www.northgroveschool.org
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