Howard School, officially Perry Township School No. 1, is a one room, brick, schoolhouse. It is located east of Boone County roads 750 South and 450 East. This beautiful red brick schoolhouse sits in its original, rural location surrounded by picturesque farmland as it did during the period of 1881 through 1916 while it served the educational and gathering needs of the local community. On its eastern boundary is the historical Howard Cemetery, with burials dating back to the 1830s.
Since 2004, community minded citizens have worked to restore and maintain the deteriorated building and furnishings to their original condition. The schoolhouse is now a living history museum for use by school children, community events and other groups.
Howard School is led by a committed volunteer group and Board of Directors that comprise the Howard School Restoration Group:
The Board is composed of:
Bonnie Kincaid, President
Jeff Coan, Vice President
Elaine Dickerson, Secretary
Becky Robinson, Treasurer
Members at Large: Paul Berntsen, William Coan, Joe Griffith, Margaret Kelley, Dave Mace, Beverly Ramsey, Dave Sherrieb
If you want to join us, we hold monthly meetings the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 at the school. Please email us at Howardschoolhouse@gmail.com first to make sure we are meeting that month.
Mailing address: School located at:
1905 E 700 S 4555 E 750 S
Lebanon, IN 46052 Brownsburg, IN 46112
Connecting children and adults with Boone County's heritage
1881 - 1916
The founder of the restored Howard School is Clifford "Jack" Belcher. In 2004, as the Perry Township Trustee, he contacted many in the community to see if they were interested in restoring the school. Jack was the chief organizer and cheer leader! He was critical to gathering volunteers, supplies, leading projects and doing so much of the work himself.
Unfortunately, Jack passed away February 20, 2023.
Without Jack, the restored Howard School would not have been brought to life again.
We miss him every day.