Pictured in the article is the inside of the Huntersville one-room school house that has been used for teaching and serving Batesville’s future generations for 150 years, since being built in 1870.
The little schoolhouse is one of the oldest buildings left in Batesville along with the building it was modeled after, the St. John’s United Church of Christ that sits just a bit farther down Columbus Ave. In fact, the schoolhouse is an exact 8x10 replica of the church that was built in 1860.
The building served as a public school from 1870 to 1940 and although hard to imagine, contained nine classes in its close quarters. After a bigger school was built and the need for the small school was no longer, it became a youth center and even had a gym floor installed.
Pastors of the St. John’s Church often doubled as the teacher when needed and older students were responsible for helping younger students with their lessons; upon completion of the eighth grade year, students were given the eighth grade exam. The exam was not given to students as a part of graduating the eighth grade. Instead, the test was given to students and, if passed, they were considered qualified to be a substitute teacher.
“One of the students at the school told me proudly how she passed the eighth grade exam,” former pastor Dave Johnston said. “I kind of thought, ‘What is the big deal?’ until I saw the test.” Upon review of the test, Johnston understood where the prior student’s pride came from. The test is very thorough and challenging. 
With 150 years of history and stories at stake, a small group of St. John’s congregation has formed and taken on the responsibility of preserving the school house.
Jenell Schroeder, Owenita Grubert and Jeanie Carter all have family members that attended the one- room schoolhouse and have loved growing up and hearing the tales of days past. Even though the school house wasn’t still a school by the time they were old enough to attend, they still had fond memories of their own from when the school- house served as a youth center.
“As of this year, it is 150 years old,” Schroeder said. “We have just erected and engraved stone for this occasion.”
 Rev. Johnston served as pastor for St. John’s Church for several years and also grew very fond of the school house.  Johnston even wrote a short about the school in honor of its birthday. 
“Then as now, there are approximately 6,000 days for a child between birth and 18,” said Johnston. “May we dedicate ourselves to them to use those days well.”
Fundraisers, such as its Spud, Soup and Salad Luncheon in March and a huge rummage sale in October have provided resources to do improvements and normal maintenance and upkeep to the building for preservation and future use.
“It has been used by many of the community, non-profit organizations and the school system as well,” Schroeder said.
The building can still be used by community members today by reaching out to one of the church members.