If you are in the area during Lavender Weekend, you might want to check the Dungeness Schoolhouse. It’s nearby to the farms and festivities in the Sequim-Dungeness area. The schoolhouse is part of the local history. In the early days, the Dungeness area was a thriving community and early settlers saw the need for a school. At a meeting on May 10, 1892, votes were cast in favor of bonding the Dungeness District for $3,000 to buy land which was then cleared and fenced; a two-story schoolhouse was built and furnished on the property. You’ll find the schoolhouse off East Anderson Road near the Dungeness River.
On February 27, 1893, the Dungeness School opened with 73 pupils ranging in age from 5 to 20 years. The teacher received $75 a month for a four-month term, ending June 30; living quarters were provided on the second floor. Classes were large and books and supplies were not easy to acquire. School Board minutes from April 8, 1895, show a motion was passed to buy the school a bottle of ink. The photo on the left is from 1893. One can only imagine what it was like to hear the bell ring to call students from throughout the area.
And, to know that there were no cell phones or tablets or computers or video games to distract learning.
Today the schoolhouse is still used for classes and programs and can be rented for special events. The main classroom area will hold about 30 people. Upstairs is the auditorium with a stage and room for about 90. One modern addition, besides the indoor plumbing and new electrical is the addition of an elevator!
Stop by this historic gem and take a step back in time. Hear the bell ring calling you to class?