Belfry installed at historic school in Bloomfield Township

Bloomfield Township working hard to restore an 1859 one-room school house.


Pamela Carmichael had a big grin on her face as she pulled the rope attached to the bell in the new belfry installed today at the historic Wing Lake School in Bloomfield Township.

Carmichael, president of the Bloomfield Historical Society, is one of several local preservationists who have been working the past few years to restore the stone, one-room school building built in 1859. Construction began in September and is expected to wrap up in March, said architect Tamara Burns.

A community-wide celebration of the project is to be in May or June.

The belfry is a replica of one that used to sit atop the stone school in the 1870s, Carmichael said.

“It is probably the oldest public building in the township,” Carmichael said.

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