The Rathbone school

The Rathbone School and Museum
is located in the center of Eagle Harbor.

Neil Woodward

A proud Keweenaw
National Historical
Park Heritage Site

ANNOUNCEMENTS --- Adventures in History: Tuesday, July 19: Copper Cargo: Copper was transported from our local mines to Detroit and New York.  What ships carried the copper? How much did they carry?  What historical events occurred with the ships?  What ship carried which mine's copper for use in the Washington Monument? Using data from Keweenaw County mines and from the docks at Eagle River and Eagle Harbor, maritime researcher Barb Koski will discuss how Keweenaw Copper was shipped for processing. The talk will be in the Eagle Harbor Community Building (Fee $6 -$5 Members) from 7 - 9 P.M. See our Adventures in History page for additional information.
NOTE: There will also be an open house at the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station from 10 AM until 7 PM on the 19th .
-- The schedule and performers for the 8th Annual MusicFest at the historic Gay School on July 23 is now available. See our calendar page for more information..
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Even though the school had closed the
building was still a tour stop for many
groups including this group from the
Knights of Pythias .

Located in Eagle Harbor, two blocks west of the harbor's swimming beach, this extensively restored one-room school served the community from 1853 to 1872. It was in this building that Justus H. Rathbone, who began teaching here in 1860, conceived the idea for the ritual of the Knights of Pythias, a secret fraternal society which he founded. This interdenominational organization, which had a peak membership of a quarter-million, continues to conduct its charitable work across North America.

The school has long been an object of pilgrimage by society members. In 1931, a thousand members gathered to pay homage to their society's founder and to witness the unveiling of the nearby granite monument in honor of Justus Rathbone.

The historic property was deeded by the society to Keweenaw County Historical Society in 1982. Its interior is furnished as it was in its time as a school and includes Knights of Pythias exhibits.

Donation requested.


Planning your visit

Hours & Admission - The Rathbone school and museum is open mid-June to early October. There is no admission charge for this museum.

Location -The Rathbone School is located at the intersection of 3rd and Center streets in the town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. GPS: N 47 27.441  W 88 09.761, Decimal Degrees: 47.45735, -88.16268

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following web sites for additional information on the Rathbone School and the Knights of Pythias.

The Knights of Pythias

Wikipedia - Eagle Harbor School House