Last Saturday was a landmark day at our house. Not only had we been in Arizona almost one year (past that mark now) but my husband actually had both weekend days off!! Taking advantage of that, we hopped in the van and drove north (mostly), to and through Payson and on to the small town of Pine and smaller town of Strawberry where we found a little historic gem…and it even had a few doors.

Although the sign says “The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona”, Arivaca, Arizona begs to differ.

The Strawberry Schoolhouse is a historic one-room school building located in northwestern Gila County, Arizona, in the small mountain community of Strawberry. Built of pine logs in 1885, the Strawberry Schoolhouse is reputed to be the “oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona” and now functions as a fully restored local history museum, complete with a late-19th century classroom exhibit.

The Strawberry School was formally dedicated as a Historical Monument on August 15, 1981, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 2005. It is often called the “oldest standing schoolhouse” remaining in Arizona, but is closely outdated by the Arivaca Schoolhouse in Arivaca, Arizona, which was built six years earlier in 1879. ~Wikipedia

We weren’t able to go inside because you need to make an appointment to do so, but we enjoyed walking around the building for a better view.

Besides students and a teacher, there’s one more thing every old schoolhouse needs and that’s an outhouse. This one sported a door with a bit of pizazz…

…a lot more pizazz than the updated, portable model there for the rest of us. This one did have a pretty good company name, though, and a colorful door as well.

for Thursday Doors 4.1.21 Welcome to April!


This is the bright interior of Black Rock Coffee, home of my favorite dark chocolate mocha!

  1. Sheree says:

    Doors + story = fabulous

  2. restlessjo says:

    A funny thing time, isn’t it? Where did that year go? And yet it was endless! 🙂 🙂 Probably not, for you, because you had pastures new. Love the skware! Happy April, Janet!

  3. peggy says:

    Oh Pine and Strawberry – two of our favorite places. Use to go to Stawberry all the time for their strawberry pie (when in seasin). This post brings back so many memories. Thanks for posting this.

  4. China Dream says:

    love wooden structures, you found a little gem.. discovery is always such a fun happening.. waves across the miles.. enjoy the day!

    • It’s fun when you’re looking for something and maybe even more enjoyable when you come across something you didn’t even know was there. 🙂 Enjoy your day as well.


  5. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a wonderful building, Janet. I love finding one room schools, and you found a beauty. The outhouse is a great addition.

    It’s hard to believe you’ve been there a year already. I feel like I was just reading posts about your driving down for a visit. I’m glad you had a weekend to explore and enjoy. Thanks for taking us along.

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Nicely doored. Just seeing somewhere new to me makes me feel invigorated. Your last square is cheerful, too. Great post

  7. BeckyB says:

    what a great place to go and explore, love these old schoolhouses. Must have felt the changes in temperature though learning in these!

    and wonderful bright square to connect with today for the first day of squares 😀

    • I imagine it was a bit chilly there in winter even with a stove. And the outhouse would have been both a chilly walk and wait. 😉

      I loved the bright scene on the coffeehouse wall. Something nice to look at while you wait for your order. 😉

  8. Cool find and how wonderful that you had a mini getaway/day trip with your hubby!

    There are a couple of Strawberry towns in Calif. too. Must have been a popular name or theme back in the day.

    • He works so much that just him be off was great. But getting out keeps him off his laptop as well and he got a bike ride on before we left. Good day.

  9. dennyho says:

    Little Stinker!!! Ha, good marketing!!!

  10. Beautiful little schoolhouse and so well preserved. Isn’t the wooden outhouse so much prettier than the plastic one? Brilliant interior design on that cafe, between the caffeine and the colours the place must be buzzing.

  11. This is so interesting. It reminds me of little house on the prairie.

  12. JT Twissel says:

    Nice shot of the outhouse!

  13. Two challenges in one post is a good thing. Bright was definitely Bright! … Love the town names! … and the port-o-let was a good unexpected addition.

  14. lolaWi says:

    love the schoolhouse doors! great finds, Janet 🙂

  15. Handsome log cabins and accompanying doors. 🙂

  16. Well 🙂 we need the outhouse at our summer house as it does not have plumming, nothing new here. In the fall it is a bit nippy… 🙂

  17. Resa says:

    Great slice of history, Janet, thank you!
    Still laughing about Little Stinkers – Tinklers!

  18. Natalie says:

    Excellent photos, Janet. I like the schoolhouse and its name. The last photo is quite bright 🙂

    • The town is called Strawberry and from what Peggy, who used to live here, tells me it’s called that for a reason. I’ll have to make sure we get back during strawberry season. 🙂