As part of the 2019 Sussex County Heritage Weekend the Vernon Township Historical Society will open the Price’s Switch one-room schoolhouse for tours and also showcase the Western Highland’s Scenic Byway that runs through Hardyston and Vernon Townships on October 12 and 13.
The Vernon Historical Society created the Western Highlands Scenic Byway, which was approved and designated by the New Jersey Department of Transportation as New Jersey’s eighth official scenic byway. It run from Route 23 in Hardyston to the New York State line on Route 94 and also loops over Vernon Crossing Road and Route 517 back to Route 94 in McAfee and to the center of the township. Along the route are featured many natural and historic sites such as the Black Creek Site, Meadowburn, Vernon’s farm district, the Appalachian Trail and Pinwheel Vista, and much more. The historical society has created a management plan for the byway, and byway signage is set to go up in 2020.
In addition, on Sunday, October 13, the society will open the historic one-room schoolhouse on Price’s Switch Road for visitors. Come see what education was like in Vernon Township during the 1800s to the 1950s when the schoolhouse was closed after Walnut Ridge School was opened. The one-room schoolhouse is intact with its potbelly stove, original blackboards, seats, teacher’s desk, and outhouses. Visitors may come to the schoolhouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sussex County Heritage Weekend is an annual Heritage Tourism and Ecotourism event that features the county’s remarkable natural, historic, archaeological, and recreational amenities. Funding for Vernon Township Historical Society events has been made available in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission through the County Historical Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Art and Heritage Council.
The schoolhouse remans the same as it was in the 1950s on the day its doors were closed for Walnut Ridge Consolidated School. Seen here is teacher Mrs. Price with her 1949 class at Price's Switch School.
Come visit our one-room schoolhouse
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.