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Work Begins to Move Ford School Back to Lake in the Hills

The hope is to move the historic Ford School from Algonquin back to Ford School Park, 302 Ramble Road in Lake in the Hills.

The historic Ford School is one step closer to returning to its home in Lake in the Hills. 

Prep work has begun at , 302 Ramble Road, as workers prepare for Fod School to return to that area, Arden Spooner, member of the Lake in the Hills Historical Society, wrote in an e-mail.

Ford School had orginally been located in the area of the park but was moved in 1945 by George Sticklemeyer who bought the 20- by 36-foot school and moved it to his farm about one-quarter mile west on Algonquin Road in Algonquin.

The schoolhouse currently stands vacant and unused about a quarter-mile west of the park at the former Stonegate Nursery, 2001 W. Algonquin Road in Algonquin

A ground-breaking ceremony at Ford School Park took place on May 24. 

Much of the equipement and services to move the school have been donated. The Northwest Herald reports InTren of Union has donated its excavation services, Plote Homes of East Dundee donated gravel and Rustic Landscap Design and Nursery of Union and Burke's Tree Service of LITH helped to remove treees and brush at the park. 

The hope is to move the school the week of June 15. The historical society still need to receive a permit to allow them to move the school from McHenry County, according to the Northwest Herald.

Interested in Donating? 

The historical society is $4,000 short of its goal for the project — estimated to cost $15,000 — and is still taking donations, according to the NW Herald. 

Those interested in donating to the Ford School project can visit the historical society's website at www.lithhistory.org. A PayPal account is set up on the website for credit card donations.

Donations can also be mailed directly to , 2100 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills IL, 60156. Checks should be made out to the Lake in the Hills Historical Society, Account #xxxx5998, said Arden Spooner of the LITH Historical Society. 

Checks can also be sent directly to the LITH Historical Society at 228 Indian Trail, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156. 

Stephanie Price June 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Congratulations Bob and Arden Spooner....your hard work paid off!!
Dot Dustin June 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Where can interested people donate to this project? Your story does not include this information.
Amie Schaenzer (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, Dot! I've updated the article to include information on how people can donate to this project.
Bethany Frost June 09, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Where can we find when the school will be moved?
Laura Struven Thiesse June 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
We saw it beginning its move today!!

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