After its days as a school ended, the building finally landed in the hands of the Troutman family and has been the site of many family reunions ever since, attracting hundreds of people from across the country each year.
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However, it was the building’s history as a school that landed it on the national register. The Troutman family proved instrumental in bringing Norwood School to fruition. The family donated the land and even provided the wood to build the school. Jacob Troutman set aside two acres north of the cemetery as the site of the new school.
The first teacher was TA Rimmer, who was paid $40 a month.
Fortner said his great-grandfather taught at the school and many of his ancestors were students.
Until 1927, students in the area received their education, at least until grade seven, at Norwood School. At that time, Fortner said, Troutman Elementary opened to serve area students and the school was closed.
The Troutman family decided to try to buy the school for historical purposes and keep it in the family, Fortner said. John Isaiah Troutman offered the county $60 for the building, and it was accepted, he said.
The school, which had been used as the site of the Troutman family reunion for several years, later became the permanent location of the annual grand gathering. The meetings, which began in 1909, grew to such an extent that an association was created and still exists to this day.