Time travel to the Upper Brush Creek School with history event on March 3 | VailDaily.com

Time travel to the Upper Brush Creek School with history event on March 3

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The Upper Brush Creek School was snowbound, but in session, on this December day in the early 1930s. The building, located in Sylvan Lake State Park, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District | Special to the Daily |

The Eagle County Historical Society and Sylvan Lake State Park will host a winter outing and a bit of local history on Saturday, March 3. Docents will share the history of the Upper Brush Creek School, built in 1916, and offer general information about Brush Creek’s agricultural heritage.

Participants can check in at the Sylvan Lake Visitor Center any time between 10 a.m. and noon and then head up to the historic schoolhouse on West Brush Creek. Bring snowshoes or borrow a pair from Sylvan Lake State Park and take yourself on a winter history hike.

The schoolhouse is listed on the National and Colorado Registers of Historic Places.

“Schoolhouses were more than a place for children to be educated,” said Eagle County Historical Society President Kathy Heicher. “They also served as community centers for the rural ranching communities. That’s where the community meetings, potluck suppers and dances were held.”

The Brush Creek Valley itself is significant for the role it played in Eagle County’s agricultural history. Some of that history will be shared via a historic photo display at the Visitor Center and through information offered by Historical Society docents at the historic structures along the West Brush Creek hiking trail.

This is a free event and does not require reservations. Questions can be directed to echs@eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.

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