In the rolling farmland of Mason County, the ruins of this two-story schoolhouse stands along the road watching the farmers work the fields. Above the entrance is a carved stone that reads: FERN SCHOOL DIST. 3 1906. It’s all that remains of the town of Fern. The town was built around a sawmill owned by J.S. Adams in Eden Township. A station was built on the Mason and Oceana railroad in 1886 and in 1888 It was given a post office. I am not sure why it was named Fern, but the town must have prospered to build a two-story brick schoolhouse, considering most if the school houses I see left standing are simple single-story wooden structures. A year after the school was built the towns post office closed. Probably because the Post Office switched to its rural free delivery system. After the timber was gone, the mill must have closed along with the train depot, since there is no longer any tracks running near the old forgotten school. The school closed in 1959 and it stands eerily empty remembering the days when the children of Fern came to visit.
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