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 in 1998 to Fairfield County Park District. In the spring of 2013, repairs were made to the buildings’ windows, gutters and porches.  We hope to preserve this unique structure, and once additional improvements to Clearport Community Club are complete, open it to the public.

Location Features

  • Unique set of grid-line schools constructed in the late 1880s.

Because the buildings are not yet open to the public, visitors are welcome to contact Fairfield County Park District to learn more about the historical structures.