They did it.
Members of the Stow Historical Society had until Dec. 1 to raise enough money to relocate the Stewart Corners School, which is the city's last one-room school house. Today, they have nearly $40,000 in the bank, according to historical society member Robert Flower.
The early 1880s schoolhouse is currently located at 5090 Young Road, where it has served as Green Valley United Baptist Church for about the past 45 years.
Church trustees sold the property in January 2012 to Metro Parks, Serving Summit County for use as a parking lot for its adjacent hike and bike trail. The parks system was willing to donate the building — but only if it’s moved by Dec. 1.
The building has yet to be moved, but there are plans in the works. Planning Director Rob Kurtz said the goal is to move the building to an area 25 feet south of the parking lot in the Heritage Reserve area of Silver Springs.
Finance Director and society historian John Baranek said there are already four buildings in that area, one being a storage shed/workshop across from Heritage Barn.
"Fundraising is going very well," Flower said. "We had a successful start in October and we've collected ever since. We applied for a grant for $10,000 and got it and we got an equal grant from the rotary as well."
Flower said the society needs $75,000 to relocate and refurbish the schoolhouse. If you'd like to make a donation, mail it it Old Schoolhouse Fund, Stow Historical Society, P.O. Box 1425, Stow OH 44224.
There are also several donation canisters in businesses throughout the city, such as Mocha Joe's.