News Flash

Nevada County News

Posted on: February 28, 2020

Two New Nevada County Landmarks Designated by Supervisors

The Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is pleased to announce the designation of two new landmarks: John Woolman School and Kentucky Flat School.

John Woolman School

The private Quaker boarding school which opened in 1963 is located on Woolman Lane in Nevada City. The sprawling 230 acre property was purchased in 1961 and housed the first Quaker boarding school in the western United States. The school is named after John Woolman, a staunch proponent of the abolition of slavery who urged other Quakers to free their slaves and boycott slave-made goods.

The high school boarding program at John Woolman School ended in 2001, and a semester program operated at the location from 2004-2016. Today, the campus hosts a range of programs such as Camp Woolman, the Sierra Streams Institute, The Outdoor School, Jorgensen School for Nonviolence, and various teen and family camps as well as retreats and private rentals.

Woolman students have made many contributions to our local community. Woolman has produced entrepreneurs and songwriters, and continues to support local artists with their original Oborigama Climbing Kiln that is one of the largest wood-fire kilns in the U.S.

Kentucky Flat School

Located on Newtown Road in Nevada City, the Kentucky Flat School building was originally located at the Kentucky Ridge and Kentucky Flat Mining Camp on Bridgeport Road. As the building became too small to house the area’s children, it was moved to the current site in 1855 and deeded over to the Grass Valley school district in 1877. Used as a school until 1963, it boasts a bell tower and bell that were used to alert the local residents to fires, special events, and the opening of school days.

Since 1964 the building has housed and been maintained by the Kentucky Flat Community Center hosting many events and organizations valuable to the community including 4-H and Farm Bureau functions, Head Start, community meetings, and a daycare center.

To read more about this and other historical landmarks in Nevada County use the Commission’s interactive map which can be found on its website, or its ebook, Exploring Nevada County, available from ibooks or Amazon or in paperback from Comstock Bonanza Press. 

The purpose of the Nevada County Historical Landmarks Commission is to promote the general welfare of Nevada County and its citizens through official recognition, recording, marking, preserving, and promoting the historical resources of Nevada County.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Nevada County News

Lets Talk Nevada County Logo Green

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted on: September 9, 2020
PH COVID NewsFlash

Be COVID Safe Over Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: September 4, 2020

Digital Counties Survey – Third Place

Posted on: September 2, 2020
Lets Talk Nevada County Logo Green

Let's Talk, Nevada County!

Posted on: June 19, 2020

Nevada County Testing Site Updates

Posted on: June 12, 2020

Certified Farmers Markets

Posted on: May 8, 2020

National Public Health Week 2020

Posted on: April 17, 2020

Heroes Among Us

Posted on: April 17, 2020

Thank an Essential Worker

Posted on: April 3, 2020

Thank an Essential Worker

Posted on: April 3, 2020

CalVet Home Loans are Fully Insured

Posted on: February 7, 2020

Stepping Up and Prop 47 Planning Meeting

Posted on: January 24, 2020

Library Card Design Contest

Posted on: January 10, 2020

Let’s Talk About Weed at the Library

Posted on: January 3, 2020

Top County Accomplishments of 2019

Posted on: December 27, 2019

Library Celebrates Local Cornish History

Posted on: December 13, 2019

Nevada County Library Zip Books Program

Posted on: December 6, 2019
Gray Wolf_NewsFlash

Learn about Gray Wolves in California

Posted on: December 6, 2019

Stepping Up and Prop 47 Planning Meeting

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Library Pop-Ups around Nevada County

Posted on: October 4, 2019