Watkins Mill State Park Travel Guide

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    by basstbn Updated Aug 18, 2003

    Built in 1856 as a subscription school. After a public school was built in the 1870s, Waltus Watkins purchased this building to be used as housing for his workers.

    It is a unique school building. First of all, it is rare to see a one-room school in this part of the country made of brick. But not every school had a benefactor like Waltus Watkins who owned a brick kiln. Secondly, it has a hexagon shape. I've seen hexagonal barns, but not school houses.

    Like the nearby church, the school house is not open to the public.

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    by basstbn Updated Aug 18, 2003

    Built in 1871. The Watkins family attended this church regularly.

    The church is not open to the public on a regular basis, but can be used for special occasions, including a number of weddings. Standing on my tip-toes, I could just see in the windows to determine that the interior was plain, not elegant, as would have been befitting the worship styles of the era.

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    by basstbn Updated Aug 18, 2003

    IF - you're at the Watkins Mill State Park on a really hot day, as we were, you might be well advised to take the walking tour early, then cool if while visiting the very nice museum within the visitors' center. It houses a number of neat exhibits pertaining to farm life in the mid to late 19th century.

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