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Pickens County Retired Educators Association
Members of the Pickens County Retired Educators Association (PCREA) will be at the Talking Rock Schoolhouse Teaching Museum during Heritage Days on October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers from PCREA will tell visitors the history of the museum building and what it was like to be a student or a teacher in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The schoolhouse was built in 1877 to be used as Ludville High School, which is located in the western part of Pickens County. It was the first high school in the county and had students from Pickens County and some neighboring counties. When the railroad
came to Talking Rock, the school was moved to its current location in Talking Rock. It was felt that the school would be more available to students near the railroad.
From 1883 to the mid 1930s, the schoolhouse became Talking Rock Academy and served students in the area. Then from the late 1930s until the mid-1970s, the schoolhouse served as a community building for the Talking Rock Community. The building housed Sunday School, Christmas plays, Halloween carnivals, the Talking Rock Homemaker’s Club, and a voting precinct.
In 1998, a joint restoration project with the Pickens County Retired Educators Association and the city of Talking Rock began. Today the schoolhouse depicts a classroom from the turn of the 20th century. The wooden students’ desks stand in rows facing the platform where the teacher sat. There are slates on the desks where students wrote their answers with chalk. The museum has many interesting artifacts from the time period. PCREA members will be happy to share stories of the early days of the schoolhouse during Heritage Days, October 19 and 20.
If you are interested in visiting one of our meetings, PCREA meets at the Pickens County Recreation Center at 1329 Camp Road in Jasper. Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 13th. The executive director of CARES, Chris Rumble, and the director of ACES, Erin Bleisath will share information about these two service organizations. Lunch is $13, catered by A Taste of Joy and begins at 11:30 with our meeting to follow. If you would like to join us, please call President Tamara Sneed at 404-425-4836 to reserve a lunch.