Saturday, August 01, 2015



Seeking part time teacher experienced in PB County Schools, for 4th grade, 10am-noon, Monday thru Friday during school year for Little Red School house: “schoolmarm.”
Little Red Schoolhouse was the first schoolhouse in southeast Florida, founded in 1886.  It was located a mile north of the Royal Poinciana Bridge on Lake Trail in Palm Beach, serving children of the families around Lake Worth. The first teacher was Miss Hattie Gale, daughter of a local Reverend, and she was 16 years old.

 In its original location, approximately one mile north of the Royal Poinciana Bridge, on Lake Trail in Palm Beach, the first school served the children of all the families around Lake Worth, who arrived by boat, bicycle, or on foot, and were taught together in one room. In the 1890s, enrollment rose to 35 students.

In 1901 the school closed down and became a tool shed on the John S. Phipps property.  It slowly declined and deteriorated.  In 1960 the Gardener’s Society of Palm Beach refurbished it and the Town of Palm Beach moved the structure to Phipps Ocean Park where it stands today. The school was unused until the Preservation of Palm Beach proposed to lease the school house in 1990 for its pioneer education program.
Today, the Little Red Schoolhouse is home to The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s “living history” program that takes children back in time for a mini-day in a one-room school of the 1890s. Education in America’s one-room schoolhouses stressed discipline, moral values and the three R's. Modern Little Red Schoolhouse “scholars” will trace script in their copybooks and participate in a spelling bee. They will also recite from Tom Sawyer, Little Women and The Ancient Mariner, as well as McGuffey’s Readers. Furnished with period pioneer education artifacts, the Little Red Schoolhouse provides children with a true early American educational experience.

For more information, please contact: Amanda Skier, Director of Education, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, 561-832-0731 ext 104 or

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