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Poland Historical Society

Preserving the Historical
Heritage of Poland, Ohio

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About Poland Historical Society

As the Poland Historical Society, we are dedicated to procuring and displaying artifacts related to Poland’s place in history as Town 1, Range 1 in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The early settlers in the Poland, Lowellville and Struthers area left behind interesting stories about their lives in the early 1800’s. With the help of their descendants, much of their history and artifacts have been preserved and are displayed at the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Little Red Schoolhouse

An integral part of Poland’s heritage is the building known today as the Little Red Schoolhouse which was built in 1858. The building is located at 4515 Center Rd. (Rt. 224) at the Struthers Rd. intersection. In 1915, the building ceased to function as a school, but it has continued to serve the community in various capacities. In the late 1970’s, the Poland Board of Education began to consider selling the building and property as it was no longer needed and had fallen into disrepair.

In 1979, the Poland Township Historical Society was formed in an effort to save Poland’s Little Red Schoolhouse. Note that the society name was changed to Poland Historical Society in 2020. A lease agreement between the Historical Society and the Poland Local Board of Education was arranged for $1.00 per year for a period of 99 years, thus becoming the home of the newly formed Poland Historical Society. Poland is the only school district in Ohio to still have a one room brick schoolhouse.

Through the efforts of Society members, a Federal Grant was secured for restoration of the building along with numerous donations of time and money from the community. The building has qualified for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Poland Historical Society

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