NEAR WIMER, Ore. — School is beginning for most students in our area this week, and at least one century old schoolhouse in Jackson County is ready to receive visitors after decades of decay.
The hundred-year-old Bybee Springs School near Wimer is back, better than new, following three years of restoration by its owners. It’s been a labor of love for the retired couple who moved here 14 years ago. They say it was either restore the school or see a piece of local history fade from memory.
“It’s a part of the community’s history and if we just let it fall apart, it’s gone! So we had to make the decision of whether or not to keep the building, and what’re we going to do with it if we put money into it,” said school owner Connie Hart
Now that’s it’s all refurbished, with electric lights, insulation and new roof and windows, Connie and her husband are holding an open house this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show it off. It won’t be a school anymore, but she thinks it’s an ideal place for weddings, re-unions, and retreats.
The Bybee Springs School is about fifteen miles from Rogue River along East Evans Creek Road. For more information, call Connie Hart at 541-582-6081.