1-room school is Mich. couple's cozy home

Aug. 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM

RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The owners of a one-room schoolhouse converted into a home in Michigan say "people just love it."

The Wilbur schoolhouse in Rives Township served as a school for 100 years until it was closed in the late 1950s and converted into a home in the mid-1960s, MLive.com reported Saturday.

Then, in 2006, Jeanne and Merle Perrine bought the home and decided to gut it and restore it to its original one-room space.

The schoolhouse now features an opened kitchen and living area, with a new bedroom and bathroom added in the back, Jeanne Perrine said. The space is filled with relics from the 1800s, such as the school's original black slate chalkboard, potbellied stove and photos of former students.

Perrine said many locals come by to check the new space out.

"People just love it," Perrine said Friday. "People want to come in and see it, especially if they went to school here."

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