Oregon Area Schools

Early School

Before we had schools in the village, rural areas surrounding the village established one-room schools.  It was customary for a farmer to deed an acre of land to the school district for a school.  Schools were typically named for the donor or the topography of the land.

Lake Harriet School

Typical interior of many rural schools of this period.  Note the thermometer hangs from the ceiling at the center of the room.

Oregon Area School Days

Emigrants from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and ireland began to arrive in Dane County in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s.

Rural Schools near Oregon

Emigrants from New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Ireland started to settle in this area in the 1840’s. After clearing the land and building shelters for their family and livestock, they then established the schools.