We visited here during our several day stay in Virginia City a few weeks ago. This is a beautiful building, probably the most beautiful historic school I have seen on the outside. The inside is very nice as well, with large rooms and a variety of exhibits. Apparently, it is the only Second Empire, four storied, wooden school house still standing in the U.S. It is hard to imagine that this school completed in 1876, was once built to hold 1,000 students! It also had state of the art amenities such as heating, ventilation, sanitation and water piped in to all the floors. Inside this well kept building, you can tour various rooms on two floors and see a classroom display with original desks, see historic educational materials and photos, see exhibits on mining and history of the area, and learn about Mark Twain and the printing industry. I loved walking on the creaky, wooden floors and absorbing the atmosphere of this large school. Near the front entrance you can pull the big rope and listen to the school bell. There are nice views of the surrounding area from the windows of the school. You will need at least one hour here or more if you check out all the exhibits. This is a must see for all those interested in history, architecture and the old west!
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