The Rathbone School and Museum
is located in the center of Eagle Harbor.
ANNOUNCEMENTS --9-23-2015 Come and join us for cider making at Central on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Make cider from the heritage apples you pick at Central or pick your own apples. Bring baskets to pick the apples at Central. Bring containers to take the cider home. Come at any time during the event and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh cider. Wear sturdy walking shoes. We meet at House 10 at Central Mine, up Central Road on the Right, U.S 41 at Central. There is an event fee of $6 -$5 for KCHS members, children are free.
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.
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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