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Medford NJ

Historic Cross Keys School
The Medford Historical Society Presents
The Cross Keys One-Room School House

The Cross Keys School was built circa 1857. It was one of several one-room schoolhouses that provided early schooling for the children of Medford. The school stood on a portion of a parcel of land purchased by Sam Thackara and was located at the intersection of Stokes Road and Dixontown Road where McDonald’s is currently situated. Originally commissioned by Sam Thackara and built by his brother-in-law, Lester S. Gager, the building operated as a school until 1927. After the closing in 1927, the property reverted to the Thackara family.
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In 1947, Florence Thackara, granddaughter of Samuel, deeded the property to Allen J. Wilkins. His widow, Margaret Gaskill sold the property to Tony Gatowski. In 1976, the lot on which the Cross Keys Schoolhouse stood was bought by McDonald’s and the school was to be destroyed. Mr. Gatowski donated the building to the Township of Medford thereby saving an important example of 19th century one-room education.