About General Admission
You don’t have to walk up hill, both ways, to explore the history of Wisconsin schoolhouses at Reed School. Docents will lead guests through the school as you experience what school life was like in rural Wisconsin prior to 1960, when most children were educated in one-room schools just like this.
In the basement, a panel exhibit outlines the history of the United States free school movement, along with displays of historic school supplies and newspaper volumes. Audio and visual screens share the stories of and experiences from former students.
Cost: Free, courtesy of the Gordon Smith Family Endowment
About the Location
Reed School was built in 1915 in Grant Township, Clark County, Wisconsin and served as a one-room school through the 1951 school year. It provided a first through eighth grade education with only one teacher. The school is typical of the more than 6,000 one-room schools that dotted the landscape of rural Wisconsin. The classroom has been restored to its 1939 appearance and is used for weekend visitation as well as scheduled school group programs.
Reed School Historic Site
US Hwy 10 & Cardinal Ave
Neillsville, WI 54456
The site has multiple staircases to enter, a wheelchair access lift is available in the back of the building.
For more information, please contact Site Director Dave Rambow at (608) 253-3523 or David.Rambow@wisconsinhistory.org.