Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, Kinderhook

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Mysterious Site
Recently awarded a "Legends & Lore" historical marker by the New York Folklore Society and the Wm G.Pomeroy Fdn for the Kinderhook schoolteacher, Jesse Merwin, who was Washington Irving's inspiration for the character of Ichabod Crane in his story, 'Sleepy Hollow'.

2019 award from the Preservation League of New York for an Historic Structure Report.

The schoolhouse was originally located at the corner of 9H and Fischer Rd; it was moved to the Luykas Van Alen house property in 1974 after the Kinderhook school district centralized, and restored to its 1930s appearance.
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  • Having attended a small elementary school this place brought back fond memories of the small classrooms. It was enjoyable seeing the books we learned how to read. The person who staffed the house...  more »
  • This is a fun visit to see the school that Jesse Merwin used. He was the person That Icabod Crane was based upon. A nice stop before you head down the road to see the house of our 8th President...  more »
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  • Was closed.... But interesting just reading the signs
  • SO WHAT! ANOTHER SMALL TOWN ONE ROOM SCHOOL HOUSE. WHATS THE BIG DEAL.? FOR ONE ITS OUR HISTORY. DO YOU THINK EVERY TOWN HAD A BIG GRADE SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL. IF WE GO BACK A HANDFUL OF GENERATIONS AND I BET WE ALL HAD FAMILY THAT WENT TO A SCHOOL LIKE THIS. BUT THIS ONE IS A LITTLE BIT SPECIAL. A SCHOOLTEACHER BY THE NAME OF JESSE MERWIN THAT TAUGHT HERE WAS THE INSPIRATION OF WASHINGTON IRVING CHARACTER ICHABOD CRANE. NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO GO SEE THE SCHOOL. HOW ABOUT ELEANOR ROOSEVELT GAVE A RADIO SPEECH FROM THESE VERY STEPS OF THE ICAHABOD CRANE SCHOOL URGING THE NATION TO SAVE AND CHERISH THESE ONE ROOM SCHOOLS. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. THERE IS A BUNCH OF GREAT SITES AROUND THIS TOWN TO SEE. YOU CAN EASILY SPEND A DAY HERE TOURING.

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