The Friends host a 1920s-style picnic fundraiser in 2018
About the Friends of the 1883 Clarksburg Schoolhouse and the Schoolhouse restoration project
The Friends of the 1883 Clarksburg Schoolhouse are dedicated to the preservation of the heritage and culture of our very precious and unique delta community.
As luck would have it, the second oldest school in Clarksburg, California, built in 1883, remained unnoticed and relatively unharmed at the Noah Adams Lumber Yard since its closure in 1923. Its significance has made it a natural focal point for coalescing interest in the preservation of the rich history of the region.
When restored to its former prominence, the Schoolhouse will become the perfect place to house historical information, collections, and artifacts, and to serve as a repository for local resources and a gathering place for the community.
Restoration is a many-faceted undertaking, each involving many steps, permits and of course money:
Acquisition of the building – Done!
Acquisition of the site – Done!
Site preparation– In progress
Physical relocation of the building – Done!
Restoration of the building – In progress
Development of collections, oral histories and community services – In progress
On-going building management
Why is this project important?
The Schoolhouse project will protect, promote, and enhance the unique cultural, historical, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Clarksburg Region and the Greater Sacramento Delta. The 1883 Schoolhouse is an iconic symbol of the dedication of our early leaders to education and improving the Clarksburg community. When restored, the Schoolhouse will become Clarksburg’s virtual and interactive scrapbook that will capture, organize and share the history of our community. It will also become an important gathering place for meetings and community events
The spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy are unique hallmarks of our community. Clarksburg is home to many talented artisans and skilled craftspeople, many of whom have committed to contributing their talents to the project. In addition, there are friends of Clarksburg who have committed their special skills in communications, architecture, design and multi-media educational outreach. A special team has been created to collect family narratives and local lore. Involvement also comes from former residents, living outside the community, who still feel that Clarksburg is their home.