Watson School

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Watson School
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Nearest city Bodega, California
Coordinates 38°21′21″N122°56′18″W / 38.35583°N 122.93833°W / 38.35583; -122.93833 Coordinates: 38°21′21″N122°56′18″W / 38.35583°N 122.93833°W / 38.35583; -122.93833
Area less than one acre
Built 1856 (1856) [1]
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 78000800 [2]
Added to NRHP August 18, 1978

Watson School is a Sonoma County Regional Parks Department historic park, covering approximately 0.75 acres (0.30 ha), located about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Bodega, California, on the south side of the road, at 15000 Bodega Highway in Sonoma County, California, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. [1]

Bodega, California census-designated place in California, United States

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National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

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History

The land was donated by James Watson in 1855, for a school to serve the communities of Freestone, Bodega, and Valley Ford. Open from 1856 to 1967, it served as a public school for 111 years, longer than any other one room school in California. The schoolhouse remains today in its original condition on its original site. [1]

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Valley Ford, California Place in California, United States

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In 1976, Watson School was named Sonoma County Landmark #23, and in 1978, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is open from sunrise to sunset by a locked gate and features four picnic tables plus one toilet, along with signs commemorating the schoolhouse and the 1976 Running Fence art project by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

<i>Running Fence</i> A 1976 art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Running Fence was an installation art piece by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which was completed on September 10, 1976. The builders removed it 14 days later, leaving no visible trace.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude husband-and-wife environmental installation artist duo

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude's mother. They then fell in love through creating art work together.

In 2011, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation received a donation from the estate of Daniel B. Furlong for the purpose of restoring the school. Furlong was part of the school's final graduating class, and many of his relatives also attended. [3] A restoration project in the winter of 2011-2012 replaced the wood foundation with concrete and made other structural improvements. [4]

Salmon Creek defines the southern boundary of the park.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 2 3 Dino Bonds (December 28, 1977). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Watson School". National Park Service. and Accompanying photos in 1978
  2. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  3. "News Release 5/20/2011 - Regional Parks - County of Sonoma" . Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  4. Callahan, Mary. "Historic west Sonoma County school gets facelift". The Press Democrat. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.