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The Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, a volunteer group working with Waverly Township on the preservation of the One-Room Schoolhouse, has recently been awarded a $32,000 grant from the Overlook Estate Foundation. Project coordinator Maryellen D'Andrea, said that the generous grant was received in December and the group is absolutely thrilled to begin necessary work in the upcoming year on the historic building.

Money from the grant will be used to address a number of structural issues afflicting the 1830 structure located within Waverly's National Historic District. The most costly of these issues is related to a failing foundation. According to a building conditions assessment, the foundation must be addressed or the historic building could risk irreparable damage or possible collapse. It is absolutely essential in order for any future work to commence. This past summer, initial work began to clean up the site with a small grant from private donors and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.

The historic building on the main street in Waverly, is the oldest one-room schoolhouse standing in Lackawanna County. Built originally as a school for the children of the early farming community, that first settled the area, it was also used by the first congregations as a house of worship. It has significant ties to the Underground Railroad and the established community of runaway slaves who lived in Waverly. In 1936, the building was documented in architectural drawings and photographs as part of the Historic American Building Survey (HABS), an ongoing program administered since 1933 by the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the private sector to document achievements in architecture, engineering and design in the United States. In 2004 the Waverly One-Room Schoolhouse as part of the Waverly Historic District was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Overlook Estate Foundation stated that they are pleased and excited to be able to participate in the restoration of the Waverly Schoolhouse, especially for those of us who grew up and went to the Waverly schools.

The Overlook Estate Foundation is a non-profit organization established through the generosity of Frances Acker Fuller. The purpose of the foundation is to encourage, promote and support cultural activities and events in the community, especially those which introduce, educate and advocate for increased awareness and responsibility for the conservation and preservation of the beauty and integrity of our heritage.

For further information contact D'Andrea through the Waverly Township offices at 570. 586.0111.

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