History buffs will enjoy this interesting old schoolhouse. It was built in the late 1880s so the Comstock students could get ... More
Fourth Ward School Museum
History buffs will enjoy this interesting old schoolhouse. It was built in the late 1880s so the Comstock students could get their education in a fine modern building. Walk through and you will see that much of the old furnishings and blackboards remain. The four-story building has been completely refurbished inside and out and serves as a meeting place, gallery and museum for the area. Admission is USD2 for adults, children under age 12 admitted free.
This former school has giant classrooms and you can envision yourself during the 1850s going to school here, with your father working the mines. I'm asian so I was thinking of all the Chinese gold miners who worked in Virginia City.
A lovely museum with an elevator and modern, clean bathrooms.
Enjoy your visit. You will. Honest.
There is a chinese museum on the main drag too!
If you enjoy being able to really experience how it was, go to the Fourth Ward School in Virginia City. It was built in 1876 (not late 1880s as mentioned in the overview) and was the pride of the miners of Virginia City who paid to build it. It was their Centennial gift to the country and the children on the Comstock. The stories from the docents give you an idea of the every day experiences of the kids - the rubber marks left by their shoes as they slide down the great bannister at the end of the day are still visible. I loved the care given in chosing goods for the gift shop - recreations of toys, books, jewelry. Be sure to ask the doents about what the kids were expected to learn. Out kids have it easy!
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