DISTRICT #1(North Stephentown) - The district centralized witht he Berlin Central School District November 3, 1939. The school continured to operate until 1947, when it was discontinued and sold.
DISTRICT #2(Moore Hill) - This school was located about a mile west of the North Stephentown railroad station. The school was closed in 1877. Students were divided between School #1 and School #10 and later School #4.
District #3(Sweet) - This school was located east of Stephentown Village near the Massachusetts border. It joined the Berlin Central School District September 1, 1942.
District #4(Stepentown) - This school was originally a one-room school in Stephentown Village. As other districts closed or centralized, District #4 absorbed additional students. In 1899 an extension made the building a two-room school. District #4 joined the Berlin Central School District September 4, 1940. After the Stephentown Elementary School opened in 1948, the building stood idle until it was converted into the Town Hall. When the town acquired the Taconic Valley Grange Building in 1972, the old school building became the home of the Stephentown Memorial Library.
DISTRICT #5(Black River) - Located near the Berlin town line, School #5 was closed in 1925 for want of students and a teacher. The students transferred to School #10, and the property reverted to the original owner. The building was torn down in 1930 and the lumber used for a house in Stephentown Center.
DISTRICT #6(Bell) - School #6 was a two-story building intended as both a school (first floor) and a church (second floor). The building had a steeple and a church bell, which gave the school and the district their name. By 1930, School #6 had deteriorated so badly that the building was condemned. District #6 joined the New Lebanon Central School District in 1931. The property was sold in 1932, and the building was torn down.
DISTRICT #7(Garfield) - district #7 was the last district to centralize, operating independently until 1951, when it joined the New Lebanon Central School District. Today is the home of Joseph Rieger.
DISTRICT 8(South Stephentown) - district #8 joined the Berlin Central School District September 1, 1941. Lower grades attended School #4 and older students attended Berlin Central High School. The building was sold and converted into a home.
DISTRICT #9(Whitman) - Located on Sutherland Road, School #9 was condemned about 1920. Thereafter Mrs. Mary Ward taught classes in a private home for 10 years. The schoolhouse on Sutherland Road burned, and a new one was built on Garfield Road. By 1941 attendance had dropped to seven or eight pupils, so District #9 joined the Berlin Central School District September 1, 1941. School #9 was sold in 1942 to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lind.
DISTRICT #10(Stephentown Center) - In 1914 the eastern part of District #15 joined District #10, and District #5 also joined it in 1925. These districts joined the Berlin Central School District November 3, 1939, but School #10 remained in operation until the Stephentown Elementary School opened.
DISTRICT #11(Greenman) - When attendance fell to three or four pupils, District #11 joined the Averill Park Central School District December 12, 1941. The property reverted to the original owner, and the building was converted into a home.
DISTRICT #12(Strait) - District #12 joined the East Nassau Central School district in 1928. The school property was sold, and the new owners added wings on each side and a two-story extension in the rear to convert it into a home. It became the home on Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bunting. (I had both Mr. and Mrs. Bunting as teachers in high school at New Lebanon Central School. Mr. Bunting was my senior history teacher and Mrs. Bunting was our gym teacher. She has since passed away, but Mr. Bunting joined the Class of 1968 in the summer of 2003 to help us celebrate our 35th Reunion.)
DISTRICT #13(Thomas) - District #13 joined the East Nassau Central School District in 1928. Sold and used for a hunting and fishing lodge, the building feel into disrepair and collapsed. Mrs. Adolphres Face was and early trustee of District #13 and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Sutherland both taught there.
DISTRICT #14(Goold) - The district number changed to #5 in 1926, as the original district had been consolidated. The district was centralized with the Berlin Central School District September 1, 1941, the school closed and the property reverted to the original owners. Mrs. Carrie Sykes first attended this school as a student and then as a teacher.
DISTRICT #15(Stone Bridge) - #15 was changed to #2 when the original was closed in 1877. It remained #2 until it closed in 1914 and the property reverted to the original owners.
District #15 in West Stephentown
This is the Goold School as of March 13, 2005. Mike Dirac would like to restore it, as money permits. Mike contributed this photo.
In the picture above, on the bottom left is my grandmother, Doris Moon, at the age of 7; her brother, Roy and her sister Adelaide.
Inside class room of Scool #9 (Whitman District) on Sutherland Road. Teacher was Martha Frye. Left row: Shelden Sutherland, Walter Cure, Frank Hunt, Harold Rathbun. Right row: Forrest Rathbun, Casper Rathbun, Don Sutherland, and Lloyd Houghtling.
Photographs on this page were found in several of the Stephentown Historical Society's albums that they have published. Please visit their
where they have all of their albums for sale. Full of great memories and information.