Friday, August 5, 2016


The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society designated the Delisle school house located on the corner of Delisle-Fourman and Myers-Tillman Road in Van Buren Township as a designated historic site in southern Darke County per Keith Furlong, Historic Chair from AWTHS.

According to the Arcanum Times old newspaper we read the following: Per Arcanum Times January 31, 1952: When the Delisle one room brick school building in Van Buren township goes under the auctioneer’s hammer next Saturday (Feb.2) at 1:30pm another Darke county educational landmark will pass on and become history. The building built in 1885 and in continuous use for school purposes until last spring. A majority of the patrons indicated a desire to have their students attend Arcanum.

In Van Burean: 07/02/1908 we read the #5 school’s teacher was No. 5, Geraldine Roll. Past students include: Carolyn Patterson Furlong, AWTHS member.

The current owners are the Richard Oberer’s. Please note this is a private residence.

Displays on the old one room school houses are on display at the historical society this summer located at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum. Open hours are the next two Saturday’s in August from 9am-noon which correlates with Arcanum’s Farmers Market as well as the last session of the Coffee and Conversation session. Other times for tours and research are by appointment. Check our web site for hours and details,

We will have a September program on Old School Houses in Southern Darke County at the AWTHS on September 8 at 7pm by Annette Stewart.

If you have photos, souvenir programs, or stories to tell of your days at Delisle as a student or teacher or know someone who attended here please inform the historical society or contact Annette Stewart by e-mail at Originals can be copied or scanned and returned. We also accept digital copies. We are looking for students and teachers as well as school board members. You may bring your items on open Saturday’s or the night of the September 8 program.

Our fall hours at the historical society will resume in September. However instead of being open the usual “First Saturday” of the month we will be open Saturday September 10 in the morning on the sidewalk (weather permitting) to correlate with The Tour De Donut event. Brochures and flyers of the Arcanum Historic Walking Tour and Ithaca area Driving Tour will be available as well as other materials.

There is a possibility the house will be open but if coming to research or tour appointments are recommended or by contacting us first for availability. We will be back to regular hours the first Saturday in October. For appointments contact us through e-mail at or call 937-417-3746. Host coordinator is Susie Weisenbarger along with reference library coordinator Annette Stewart and we are in need of host and hostesses and volunteers willing to man the research library. Training is available.

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