When ever I run across a one room school house, I stop and take a picture. Like big wooden barns, they are fast disappearing and I feel the need to document them before they completely disappear from the landscape. I am fortunate so many in Kansas were constructed of native stone and have weathered time and Kansas weather well.

I have loved one room schoolhouses since I was a child and my Grandma told me stories about attending a one room schoolhouse. She rode a horse to school and talked about plodding through snow drifts as high as the horse. Her sister, my Great-Aunt Agnes taught in a one room schoolhouse.

Schoolhouses evoke sweet memories of a simpler time. I hope you enjoy these pictures. Feel free to contact me with stories, pictures or locations of other Kansas schoolhouses at
ksfarmgirl@live.com or to request permission to link to this site or use photos.

Monday, March 21, 2011

One Room Schoolhouse located in Marion County, Kansas, District 34, 1896

This school is worth a visit.  The nearby town of Marion, Kansas is also worth an easy day trip from Wichita, Kansas City or Topeka.

This is the prettiest little school house I have ran across to date.  I was on my way to give a speech in Marion, Kansas, and stumbled acoss it. 

The school stands alone on the beautiful rolling Kansas Flint Hills.

I decided to experiment with some different photo techniques using a free online website named makeretro.com.  Some examples are located below:


  1. Where is this schoolhouse located? I live in Marion County but don't think I've ever some across it, but would love to go see it. Do you remember which road it was on?

  2. I saw this off HWY 50 in June, 2013, and stopped to look at it with my wife and 18 month old daughter. What wonderful pictures you took of it! Thanks for showing them!

  3. Oh, by the way, when we were there, the bell was in the tower!

  4. This is the old Bichet school, very popular with photogs all over the midwest!