Overlooking the Village of Clearport in Madison Township, rest two uniquely-positioned school houses situated at right angles to each other. These schools were built in 1881 and are now known as the Clearport Community Club. In the late 1800s, the Fairfield County Commissioners determined the county’s children should not have to walk more than one mile to school. Toward that end, the commissioners divided the county up via a set of gridlines: one set running north-south every two miles and another running east-west every two miles. Wherever these lines intersected, a school was built. The rare structure of the Clearport schools is believed to be the result of a builder’s error whose only remedy was to move an improperly-located schoolhouse to the same location as an existing one. Many of these “grid-line” schools still dot Fairfield County’s landscape today.
The Clearport Community Club was donated to the Historical Parks in 1998. In the spring of 2013 the Historical Parks made repairs to the buildings windows, gutters and porches. The Historical Parks is committed to preserving this unique structure, and once additional improvements to the Clearport Community Club are complete, the building will be opened to the public.
- Unique set of grid-line schools constructed in the late 1880s.
Because the buildings are under development, visitors are advised to contact the Historical Parks office at (740) 681-7249 to learn more about this historic structure.