January 26, 2018

Preservation Personals: New Jersey Schoolhouse Seeks Owner with School Spirit

  • By: Nicholas Som

Over my years as a schoolhouse, I’ve seen many a student slumped over at her desk, not-so-surreptitiously sneaking glances at the clock, and bolting out the door as soon as classes end. But every so often, I’d notice a student who lingers just a little while longer, melancholy at the thought of having to leave for the day.

If that describes you perfectly, then why not make me your home? Built in 1881, I’ve now been restored and renovated into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom domicile that retains nearly all my historic character. For example, my wood floorboards are the very same ones trampled over by rowdy students all those decades ago.

But my past is most evident in the original wall of blackboard in my grand room (the former classroom). Regardless of how you choose to use the space—perhaps as an event area or a spacious dining room—my blackboard is there to remind you of how unique a house I am!

If you’re worried that living in a converted schoolhouse might mean a lack of modern amenities, have no fear. My Amish-designed kitchen cabinetry, fully updated bathrooms, and new appliances will ensure that you won’t be craving creature comforts.

Located on 1.13 acres of grassy rural land in the same New Jersey township where the Greenwich Tea Party took place (a lesser-known cousin of the Boston Tea Party), I’m the rare property that blends history, comfort, and uncommon character. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of a New Jersey schoolhouse.

photo by: Joan Frolio

Greenwich, Cumberland County, NJ 08323

The grand room of a New Jersey schoolhouse.

photo by: Joan Frolio

You'll learn to enjoy being back in the classroom with my grand room.

The kitchen of a New Jersey schoolhouse.

photo by: Joan Frolio

My kitchen has been updated with Amish-designed cabinetry.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.


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