A recent trip to Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve gave me plenty of eye candy to photograph and today’s post highlights the shabby white Pioneer Sholes School found on the property. A one-room school that was moved to its current location several years ago, the architecture is simple and lovely and the grounds are idyllic.
The website for the shabby white Pioneer Sholes School states the school is estimated at having been built in 1872. If this is true, then the school was constructed about the same time as my farm house.
Yes, it’s still a working outhouse that’s surprisingly clean. I noted the toilet paper was well stocked and made a mental note in case I ever need to use this charming potty on one of my marathon training runs in the area.
Between the shabby white Pioneer Sholes School and its outhouses is this gorgeous Bridal Wreath bush that was in full bloom. It smelled heavenly … and just for the record, the outhouse didn’t smell. Like I said, everything is kept in pristine condition here.
The shabby white Pioneer Sholes School is located just down the lane from the big red barn that I photographed the same day. I love that so much attention has been given to preserving historic structures in the area. I’ll soon be writing about other buildings here in Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in Kane County, Illinois … so stay tuned!