Historian, marker tell story of 1937 school, built after community raised money with horse shows

Historian, marker tell story of 1937 school, built after community raised money with horse shows

ABOVE: Williamson County Historian Rick Warwick explains the significance of Nolensville School. On left is NHS member Sharon Zieman and on right is NHS president Carroll Moore. // JULI KING



Nolensville Historical Society members dedicated a marker about the Historic Nolensville School on Oct. 5, giving permanent recognition to community resilience and ingenuity that helped open the school in 1937.

Williamson County Historian Rick Warwick noted that while many historic places in the county have disappeared, a core group of people in Nolensville worked to save the building, which is now a historical museum and event venue.

“I love this little village,” Warwick said. “Markers are so wonderful. Our hope for newcomers is to have that sense of belonging here.”

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From left, Pete Mosley, Peggy Wilson, NHS president Carroll Moore and Carolyn Battle were on hand to dedicate the marker. Mosley, Wilson and Battle attended school there. // JULI KING

“The community worked really hard to get this school,” said Peggy Wilson, who attended school there. The PTA and the community put on horse shows in 1934, 1935 and 1936 to raise $744.93. The school board pitched in another $255.27 to buy the 5-acre tract for the school on Nolensville Road.

“The entire community was so proud of this building, as we are today,” she said. “We will continue to work hard like our parents did in the 1930s.”

The building served as Nolensville School from 1937 to 1972, when a new school building was opened next door. It then served as a community center for Scouts, seniors, recreational sports leagues and more. It was also the first site of Nolensville’s library. The county-owned building was closed in 2009 and slated for possible condemnation. The Nolensville Historical Society worked with Williamson County to lease the building and fund renovations. Its members, including several who attended school there, set about raising money again to restore the old building. It reopened in 2013.

Painstaking work by Sharon Zieman, Peggy Wilson, Bob Haines, Remick Moore and Chuck Zieman led to the building earning a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about scheduling events, email historicnolensvilleschool@gmail.com.

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Nolensville Historical Society recently placed a historic marker near the 1937 school that is now a museum. // VICKY TRAVIS

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