THE OLD HILL SCHOOL
(Written by Jennie B. Hill)
One of the first buildings used for school purposes in Liberty Township was called the Old Hill School. It stood just west of the Indian Boundary Line on the Hill farm then owned by William Hanna. This school, also known as Old Fort Dunlap, was about one mile west of the town of Dunlapsville. The old fort was built probably in 1804-1808. It stood on a farm owned by George Stanley. The farm was deeded by William Hanna to my husband's grandfather, Charles Hill, in 1834; by him deeded, to Israel Hill; then to Jediah Hill; then in 1907 to George Stanley. This building was first used for a schoolhouse in the early 1820s. One of the pupils of that school was a relative of mine, and when he was an old man he told me how, hand in hand, with his little brother, he followed the path from their cabin to the old fort guided by blazed trees, and how fearfully they came home at night thinking of bears which might be lurking in the forests.
Later, probably in 1856 or '57 the school was built in more modern style. Grammar and geography were added to the course of study. In 1880 District Four was merged with District Five, and the school was taught in the Academy in the village of Dunlapsville.