Hood Octagonal School House

3500 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square , PA 19073

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An early public school in Newtown Township, was built by James Dunwoody in 1842, and replaced a log school of the same name that was built by his father Joseph Dunwoody and two neighbors for their children. It is a one room schoolhouse built in an unusual octagonal shape. High windows let in light without distracting students from their work.  The schoolhouse is on the grounds of Dunwoody Village, and has been cared for and preserved by them in recent years. Each year, school children come to the schoolhouse, where Volunteer school marms or masters in historic garb recreate math, penmanship, history and science lessons as they would have been taught in the 1840s or 1850s. Photo credit:  Newtown Square Historical Society