Grapetown School

Next open house or event

We held our 2024 Open House on Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. We included a Special Activity: Former students have been researched and information was available for viewing. Family Trees have been compiled to show relationships between former students, usually siblings and cousins! Forms to start a Family Tree were available.

Check our Events Calendar for other Friends-sponsored events to attend.

School Club Activities

Gathering once a month for an evening of 42, food, and fellowship. In 1950, residents of the Grapetown community formed the Grapetown Community Club and purchased the property from the Rocky Hill School District.

Visits or Tours

To schedule a visit or tour when the school isn't conducting a scheduled open house, complete our Contact Us form and select Grapetown School from the dropdown. Include the date/time of your request along with details.

Driving Directions

#4 on the driving map (Route C) located at 7325 Old San Antonio Rd.

photo of Grapetown School

A brief history of Grapetown School

Built in 1884. Teacherage in 1887. Consolidated in 1949. One of four schools which still has the original teacherage, the house where the teacher lived. This limestone two-room teacherage was built in 1887. Later a frame kitchen, storeroom, and smokehouse was erected. It was used until 1949 when Grapetown School District was consolidated with Rocky Hill School District as part of the rural school consolidation in Texas.

History of Grapetown School

The Grapetown community began in 1857, when Ferdinand Doebbler built a stagecoach stop at the crossing of Immigrant Road and Upper South Grape Creek. As settlers moved into the community, a need arose for a school. Mr. Doebbler bought a small stone house from James William Vance, which he donated as a schoolhouse. After the Civil War, a log school was built on the Friedrich Baag property.

On April 1, 1882, Friedrich Baag gave a parcel of land with the provision that no religious or political meetings would be conducted at the school. The labor to build the limestone one-room schoolhouse was donated by men from the community. Since construction took place whenever time could be spared, it took 2½ years to complete the building. In 1886, a decision was made to build a two-room stone teacherage with a porch. It was completed in 1887. Later, a frame kitchen and storeroom were added on the north side of the house, and a stone smokehouse was erected near the house.

School closing picnics or celebrations were always held in the early days. Activities included a children's program with skits, drills, plays, songs, and poems, as well as public oral examinations that were very hard and took a great deal of courage.

In 1904, the boundary lines of the school district were set by the county for tax purposes, and children from as far away as Kendall County attended. In 1944, the 11 pupils of Grapetown were transported to the Cain City School. This continued there until 1949, when the Grapetown School consolidated with the Rocky Hill School District.

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