Sketched Aug. 19, 2014
Back-to-school anxiety is ramping up in my home. The kids need new supplies, new sneakers, you name it. But a visit to Bothell’s first schoolhouse, a tiny building where Miss Helen Devoe taught the first class of 23 students in 1886, is helping me keep things in perspective.
We’ll still equip our kids with flash drives and set them up for online assignments, but it’s good to know that our predecessors got by with a simple writing slate and a handful of books back in the day.
The schoolhouse is one of several historic buildings — including a log cabin where a pioneer family raised 11 children — that were relocated from Main Street to the Park at Bothell Landing over the past decades. They are maintained by volunteer members of the Bothell Historical Society and open Sundays, April through October, from 1 to 4 p.m.
A dressed-up doll is among the props used to re-create what a classroom looked like in the 1880s.