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1    Lincoln Suite
2    Hoosier Suite
3    William Henry Harrison
         Presidential Suite

4    Gen. John Hunt Morgan

5    Walter Gresham Room
6    Squire Boone Room
7    Governor's Suite
8    Sallie Kintner
         Honeymoon Suite

9    Dennis Pennington Room
10  Schoolmaster's Room
11  Joe Zimmerman Room
14  Innkeeper's Room
15  Spier Spencer Room
16  Drummer's Room

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the public rooms of the
Kintner House Inn

Dining Room


Schoolmaster's Room
Room #10 -- $109-$129


BED - Matching Mahogany Post,
circa 1820
DESK - Child's Flip-top
DRESSER - Walnut with Marble Inlay
FLOOR - Poplar with square nails, Pine, Walnut, and Chestnut from the first floor

     In Corydon's early days, the settlers had a difficult time establishing a public school system. As with most communities of the time, the main hindrance to public supported schools was the simple fact that the necessities of life came first in the priorities of pioneers. Food, shelter and clothing were the necessities and the early settlers of Corydon spent much time in securing these fundamentals of life. Many people felt that education was not a public responsibility; therefore, parents who wished their children to be educated had to support private schools. Clergymen often opened schools for their particular denominations. Frequently, schoolmasters went into a community and announced that they planned to teach a three month term. If enough parents paid tuition, the school was opened.
   Robert A. New, who eventually became Indiana's Secretary of State, opened the Corydon Seminary in April, 1819, one of Corydon's first schools. He and another schoolmaster, R.W. Nelson taught Greek, Latin, and Mathematics. They charged $8.00 per term for English Grammar and $5.00 per term for Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
   In 1820, John Taylor conducted an English school in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol. In the same year, Harriet Tarlton, a milliner from Baltimore, opened a school for the education of young ladies. She attended to the instruction and moral conduct of her young charges. She charged $2.00 per quarter for Reading, Writing and plain sewing. She charged an additonal $4.00 per quarter for embroidery. For those who wished their daughters to board, Ms. Tarlton charged $1.25 per week, excluding washing. She announced that country produce, at market prices, wouSchool Master's Roomld be accepted as payment for the cost of room and board.
   Several sessions of school were held in 1823. Two women, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Beher, conducted classes for young ladies in the spring. They taught Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric, Geography, Composition, sewing, and sampler and cotton work. In the summer, James Henry Check included Science and Literature in his curriculum
   In 1827, Dr. West taught the first public school in Corydon. The building was located at the junction of Big and Little Indian Creeks. Peter Kintner was a member of the school's first Board of Trustees, of the Harrison County Seminary
   The Corydon Colored School was built in the early 1800's. It contained a grade school and high school The first senior class was graduated in 1897. Leora Brown Farrow, a Corydon resident, attended the grade school and high school. She went on to teach at the school for twenty-five years and was it's last teacher. The building stands on Summit Street and is thought to be Indiana's oldest remaining Black school building.
   The early schools did not have separate grades and the students were not graded. They worked individually or in small groups. A student would study a subject until he mastered it, then he was permitted to study a more advanced subject.
   Pioneer teachers worked for very low pay and it was often not paid in cash. They usually stayed a week or so with various families before moving to teach in the next community.
   After public schools were established, teachers were paid higher wages. Many schoolmasters lived in boarding houses while school was in session. The Kintner Hotel housed schoolmasters from time to time while they educated Corydon's youngsters.