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History of Limerick School

Friends of Limerick Inc. is a non-profit incorporation seeking to save and restore a one-room school house known as Limerick School. The school served the district from the 1800’s until1957 when the school district centralized. The school then became the Limerick Hall where meetings were held by many groups such as 4-H club, union meetings, boy scouts, and home bureau. The Friends of Limerick have adopted the mission to preserve Limerick School, one ofthe area’s last surviving one-room schoolhouses, and to promote its vital role in the history of the early settlements of the Town of Newstead and Western New York. Imagine, sending your child or grandchild on a field trip to experience a day in the life of a pioneer student! Here are highlights from the history of the Limerick found on page 73 in the Septquicentennial book published by the Town of Newstead in 1998.“About 200 persons lived in Limerick, located south of the New York Central’s “Peanut Line” near Akron. This lrish community was also called “the patch”. The houses were painted red and trimmed with white. Company workers blasted rock, cooked it in kilns, put the finished product into barrels and loaded them into waiting freight cars. More than 600,000 barrels were used in the New Croton Aqueduct in New York City. Limerick was a boom town, the men toiled10 hour days, six days a week; and it was a company town, operated by the Cummings Akron Cement Co. with general offices in the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo. After the discovery of Portland Cement, Limerick became a ghost town. The houses were salvaged for lumber, and only the giant kilns stood as a monument to the industry. The Limerickarea was started in 1870. Today, several houses on Cummings Road and the Limerick hall are a reminder of the old ‘patch’ days in the Town of Newstead. -Nancy Eckerson-

UPCOMING FUNDRAISER INFORMATION:

Limerick School Benefit Rummage Sale May 22nd and 23rd  9am -4pm
Paula’s Doughnuts and Coffee will be available for purchase May 22nd 9am-11amBabz’ BBQ benefit Boxed Luncheon purchase tickets at Pixleys and Akron Market on Main now, email limerickschool@outlook.com or call Nancy at 716 542-6544  $8.50 pick up from 12 -3 May 22nd at the Limerick School 6074 Cummings Rd.Includes: Pulled Pork Sandwich, chips and drink.If you have donations for rummage you may email limerickschool@outlook.com or call Pat at 716 542 4947 she can meet or make arrangement to drop off.