Where Past Meets Present


Frances Willard Schoolhouse

Classes are in session at the authentic Frances Willard Schoolhouse! All 3rd grade classes in Rock County and beyond are invited to immerse themselves in our two-hour hour class. This unique educational experience is a memorable one for children, as it offers students the chance to experience 19th century English, mathematics, and history lessons in a unique way.

All students are given custom 19th century style souvenir booklets that they use while at this real one-room school house. They will take their booklets home to show their families and remember their visit.

The Frances Willard Schoolhouse is one of the Society’s most important educational tools to aid teachers and students in learning about Rock County history. Spots fill up quickly – learn how to reserve your class’s spot online.

Teachers & Students

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Souvenir Card

Receive this takeaway as part of class participation!
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For teachers: Use our new and improved curriculum guide to connect your students to the school’s past, making the school’s lessons relevant by bridging past to present.

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Bring your class to an authentic 1857 schoolhouse! Our two-hour class allows students to experience 19th century English, mathematics, and history lessons in a first-person way. Don’t forget recess! Enjoy outdoor activities that children played while attending this historic school.

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The Frances Willard Schoolhouse is a unique, one-of-a-kind space. Utilize it for your child’s next birthday party or private event.

Rental Information

Frances Willard Schoolhouse

General Information

Fee Structure

Fee Structure




$30 (for classes up to 30 students)

Location & Hours

Location & Hours


Rock County Historical Society
429 N. Jackson St.
Janesville, WI 53546


Every spring (see current schedule)
Two sessions available each day (times vary)



Contact person

Nate Fuller, Educational Curator
Phone: (608) 756-4509, ext. 304
Email: nfuller@rchs.us

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Contact us for more information on the Frances Willard Schoolhouse

For more information on scheduling times, curriculum and general information, please contact:

Rock County Historical Society
Frances Willard Schoolhouse
429 North Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53547

(608) 756-4509, ext. 304


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