3116 Main Rd, Bedford, PA, 15522 $88,750
There are few types of buildings as representative of yesteryear’s American countryside as a one-room schoolhouse. This former schoolhouse, the Rainsburg School built in 1850, is especially emblematic of a simpler time as it is made of a Pennsylvania stone called wissahickon schist and sits in a lovely rural setting next to Rainsburg c.1879 Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church erected our featured stone building in 1849. The brick church next to it was dedicated December 15, 1878.
In 1875 Rainsburg MES class purchased the stone school building to the right of the Rainsburg ME church ― at which time the public school moved into the building operated by the Methodists as the Rainsburg Academy from 1855 to 1860. The congregation worshiped there until erecting their own frame building in 1877. This congregation was always small. They sold the stone building in 1883 and the frame building in 1888, when it became known as Patriot’s Hall. During its short existence the congregation appears to have been an isolated appointment of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and not part of any larger circuit or charge.