Is This Really What I Think It Is?

by | Aug 30, 2017 | Impressive Places, Updates & Opportunities | 2 comments

What sort of a building do you suppose this is?

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Do you think it could be what I think it is? An old, one room school house?

I saw it setting next to the road as I was driving down the Belmont Turnpike in north-western Pennsylvania near Waymart with my family the other day. Since The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is offering to pay photographers through Lenspiration for pictures of old schoolhouses, I figured it was worth the chance to stop and shoot it. Just in case.

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What do you think? Does it look enough like an old schoolhouse that I could submit it for the cover of a magazine? Even after searching around for “Curtis Valley” on Google, I really couldn’t find much more about it than what I’ve told you already. The exact GPS coordinates are 41.678668, -75.411271, awful close to the already-pinned Google Maps location, “Curtis Valley School”.

Perhaps I’ll do some more research on it before the magazine’s submission deadline hits tomorrow at midnight. We’ll see! I really do hope it is an old schoolhouse.

Have your own pictures of an old schoolhouse? Now’s your chance to get paid for them by submitting them here on Shoot To Serve. Deadline is midnight, August 31. That doesn’t give us much time!

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  1. Esther Kutch

    This isn’t the Curtis Valley one room schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is across from this building and has been remodeled in to a small house. The building you show is a Sunday school building but no longer used. It belongs with the Victorian house and farm on the corner. A Curtis family owns the one room schoolhouse and lived there for awhile.I have a photo of a one room schoolhouse no longer around called VastBinder.It was opened in the1920’s-1930’s. It was at a place called Riverdale near Whites Valley,Pa.not far from Curtis Valley. I would love to get a subscription of the one-time school magazine how do I get one? Thank you

  2. James Staddon

    Hi Esther, this is so neat that you know these things! Thank you!! Sadly, the Old Schoolhouse Magazine isn’t using pictures of old schoolhouses for the covers of their magazines yet. However, they are still going strong as a business! You can subscribe to their great magazines at Do you homeschool? I assume you live in the same area s the Curtis Valley Sunday school building?



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