MADRID -- The St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum has received $5,000 from the state to help pay for acquisition of an historic schoolhouse from Jefferson County.
Assemblywoman Addie Russell announced grant to assist in acquiring the schoolhouse, which was located on Route 11 and had been owned by the Indian River School District.
The museum methodically dismantled the building and reassembled it on their property in Madrid.
“I grew up seeing that building almost every day,” said Russell. “It is an historic treasure – a piece of our North Country heritage worth preserving. I was very pleased to be able to support the effort of the Power and Equipment Museum to acquire it and move it to the museum grounds where it can be toured by the public with proper historical interpretation.”
Russell’s 116th District, known as the “River District,” includes all of the towns in St. Lawrence County along the St. Lawrence River plus the towns of Canton, Potsdam, Rossie, Macomb, and DePeyster, and part of Jefferson County.
Museum Secretary Roger Austin also said he noticed the building as he and his wife drove Rt. 11. “We would say how wonderful it would be to have the schoolhouse for the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum. We talked to the Assemblywoman a few years back and she helped make it happen.”
Russell attended Saturday’s dedication of the schoolhouse in Madrid.