Preble County Historical Society


ASG to Visit One Room Schoolhouse

Tuesday, October 4th the ASG group will again take an “off-site trip” to a Preble County 1 room school.  Vickie and Eddie McWinney will open there preserved 1 room school located just about ¼ mile south of New Westville (4939 Westville Rd, New Paris, OH 45347).   While there, Barb Cox will be giving us an insight as to what life was like in a classroom “back in the day” by referencing information from the “Preble County 1 Room Schools” book that she helped author a few years ago when she served on the PCHS committee to produce this book.   If you do not have a copy of this book, you will want to purchase one as it contains wonderful information and pictures of the many 1 room schools of Preble County.  Misti will have them available at the meeting for purchase, so bring your checkbook.   On a side note, after setting up this school visit and asking Barb to speak on this topic, I found out that her grandfather taught at this school!  Ellen Hall will also give us a brief history of that school.
As always, send me an email and copy our director Misti ( to let us know if you or you and some guests will be attending.   Also keep in mind that the weather may be a little cooler at this time of year and the 1 room school has no heat, so dress accordingly.   See you at the next ASG meeting on October 4th, 6:30 pm.

Greg Arnett
Antique Study Group Chair


The Preble County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 with the mission to promote knowledge of Preble County and Ohio history. We are dedicated to collect, preserve, display, and to maintain materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County and Ohio.

PCHS is a membership organization composted of active members who pay annual membership dues. The society is governed by the board of eleven trustees, nominated and appointed in accordance with the PCHS Code of Regulations.

PCHS operates the Preble County Historical Center, which provides a unique environment for the organization to pursue its mission. The Center provides the opportunity for individuals of all ages, abilities, and incomes to experience, imagine, learn, create, and welcome the historic flavor of the rich cultural heritage of Preble County in to their lives.

Dedicated to preserving and protecting our county heritage, artifacts, memories, and ideas. From the early 1800s to modern day, Preble County has rich farming and rural traditions to treasure. The Historical Society has a wealth of historical materials, from family photographs and records to old-time clothing, buggies, and a 1903 Model A Ford. Through its programs, exhibits, educational programs, and special events, and library and archives, Preble County Historical Society puts you in touch with local history.