5595 County Highway I, Fredonia WI 53021

Stony Hill Schoolhouse

Over three quarters of a century ago, a 19 year old, $40 a month school-teacher, stirred by a deep love of the American Flag, held the first Flag Day exercises in a little country schoolhouse located near Fredonia. Bernard J. Cigrand, who later became a professor of dentistry and a college dean, began a lifelong crusade on June 14, 1885, to honor the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Thirty-one years later in 1916, his devotion to the Flag was rewarded when June 14 was declared as National Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson, who said, 'the Flag has vindicated its right to be honored by all nations of the world and feared by none who do righteousness.' In 1949, long after Dr. Cigrand's death, Congress and the President of the United States proclaimed the Flag would be displayed on all government buildings on June 14 and asked the American people to join in the observance of the Flag's anniversary.

The last class at the school was held in 1916. The building stood empty for many years and the land surrounding the school changed hands many times. In 1947 the National Fraternal Congress crusaded for the restoration of Stony Hill Schoolhouse. Restoration began on the building and by 1952 it began to resemble the school Bernard Cigrand knew in 1885. Now, each year on the Sunday before June 14, a special program and celebration is held at the school with additional activities and a parade held in Waubeka.

School Tour

The Stony Hill School program is a historical two-hour program with a simulated experience in a one-room school. The school marm, dressed in authentic 1880 period costume, and using books and materials of that day, teaches the children what it was like to attend school in Ozaukee County 100 years ago, and encourages an appreciation for the education system of today.

Our goal is to give 4th grade students an opportunity to understand and appreciate "old-fashioned" values, the educational system of the past, and the work ethic. Children will learn to recognize the differences and similarities in procedure between the school of the 1880’s and that of today. We hope to instill in the children a sense of patriotism and pride for the U.S. flag, and for the educational system our ancestors developed 100 years ago.  While the programming is geared toward 4th grade we are able to accommodate all age groups and tailor the program to your grade level and curriculum needs

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