Little Red Schoolhouse


This building was the first public school in town, built in 1836. Notably, in defiance of Ohio’s “Black Laws”, the school was interracial from its inception. Sarah Margru Kinson, who as a young girl was onboard the infamous Amistad, returned later to America and became one of the first African Americans to attend the school.

Restored as a pioneer-era one-room school, the Little Red Schoolhouse offers visitors a hands-on look at life and education in the 1800s. It’s a particular favorite of school-age visitors–after all, where else can you write on a slate, practice carrying a water yoke, and play with a jacob’s-ladder and practice your skills on stilts all while learning about the history of racial integration and co-education in schools?

Available Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-3:00, year round. Drop-ins welcome but advance notice appreciated. Groups of 8 or more must contact the Museum Education and Tour Coordinator ( For more information please contact the Oberlin Heritage Center, 440-774-1700.

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