These Former Schoolhouses Were Transformed Into Beautiful Homes

These former one-room schoolhouses have been beautifully transformed.


509 Ford Road, Old Chatham

Price $450,000

Square Footage 2,550

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Lot Size (Acres) 5.94

Year Built 1893

Bedrooms 4

Baths 3 full, 2 half

School District New Lebanon

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Old Chatham students first attended this Columbia County school in 1893. Now, what was once a classroom is a great room with a fireplace and French doors leading to a bright sunroom. There have been plenty of other additions since the school was first sold in 1956, resulting in a light-filled, comfortable four-bedroom home on six acres.

The main-level master bedroom has an ensuite bath and a fireplace. A third fireplace graces the formal dining room. A den has built-in bookcases, a wet bar, and a powder room.

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Upstairs are three more bedrooms. Thoughtful expansion of the home has been carefully laid out, improving the living space while not detracting from the schoolhouse’s original beauty. White siding and charming shutters on the windows lend a New England air. The wooded property includes a small pond; several outbuildings, including a two-car garage with upstairs apartment; storage and potting shed adjoining a fenced garden; a cupola-topped “folly”; and a vine-covered pergola.




259 Van Tuyl Rd, Barryville

Price $459,000

Square Footage 2,688

Lot Size (Acres) 1

Year Built 1893

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2.5

School District Eldred



The 1893 Hillside Schoolhouse in Sullivan County has been reinvented many times; its next lucky owner will have a home that’s a unique meld of history and modern touches.

After its time as a one-room schoolhouse, the building became a chapel: The steeple and bell tower are a beautiful reminder of that. A mere 120 years after it was built, renovations were made that added comfort but subtracted none of its charm (you can do the math on the original slate chalkboards that adorn the great room). The ceilings are 18 feet high on the main level, and huge original windows let in sunshine and fresh air (there’s central air-conditioning for hot days). The kitchen has modern appliances with retro accessories like an aproned farmhouse sink.

A floating staircase leads to two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bath. The home sits on one acre in Barryville, where you’ll find lots of outdoor activities in and around the Delaware River.


Ford Rd photos by Francis Ingraham Heins, listed by Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty, 845.677.9822
Van Tuyl Rd photos by Noah Kalina, listed by Nancy Fredericks, Catskill Castles, 845.866.7360,

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