Camps Mills Schoolhouse is one of four one-room schools built
of limestone donated by Elisha Camp from his quarry at Chaumont during
The school serves as a private residence today, for which the row of windows was an addition.
1864 Map showing "S.H. No. 5"
|Vintage Photos. . . .
|Teacher's Memories . . . .
Siblings Esther, Margery, Beulah, and Leon Washburn, were born and reared upon the Washburn Farm situated less than a mile south of the school on Salt Point Road, and all were students at Camps Mills Schoolhouse No. 5 during the 1910's and 1920's. In good weather they used to walk to school, and in wintertime, when snow was too deep, their father William drove them to school by horse-and-sleigh or buggy.
As young women in the early 1930's, both Esther and Margery became teachers—Esther at Camps Mills Schoolhouse (at left) for two years, and Margery just down the road at Sulpher Springs Schoohouse No. 19 for three years.
In a telephone interview on 13 February 2000 with the author (Mark, their sister Beulah's grandson), Esther Fee and Margery Gordonier, both now widows in the town of Adams, recounted their memories of teaching in those early days:
Mark: What made you decide to teach? Were you influenced by your grandmother, Esther Stoodley Washburn, who was also a teacher?
In an earlier telephone conversation that took place in about 1996, Margery Washburn shared the following paraphrased description of her time at Sulpher Springs Schoolhouse No. 12—one of the other limestone schools built in the 1830s:
"When I was much younger, I used to teach at the Sulpher Springs Schoolhouse. In back of the school was a cemetery -- I remember being a brand new teacher and being scared to death because in the winter time it was too cold to bury the bodies and they used to store them in the building for the winter until the ground thawed!"
|Anecdotes from students and
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"That school was known as the Camps
Mills Schoolhouse. In the 50's there was a family of Alcombracks
who lived next door going to Bagg's Corners. Wesley
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Shirley Farone's message . . . .
© Mark A. Wentling, 2000-2006
Updated 1 January 2006