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Going to school in Western New York in the early 19th century meant walking, perhaps two miles or more, to a plain, one-room building that accommodated all the grades and looked a lot like the Red Schoolhouse in Genesee Country Village in Mumford.

Built around 1825 near Avon, the Red Schoolhouse has been restored to its original floor plan, with long benches on which the pupils sat, crude desks and, in the front of the room, a high, homemade desk on a raised platform, which enhanced the teacher's aura of authority.