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Now neglected, the old Broadkill school has become a Httered, junky eyesore Vinyard Brittingham West at- tended the one room brick school onRt. 16 east of Rt. 1 (on the Broadkill Beach Road) in 1926. "I was 14 then and I'm 85 now so that was more than 70 years ago," West said this week. "There was one teacher for eight grades. Just think a teacher trying to teach eight grades. We used to call the school Hacky Barney." West lived ,ith her mother and father and brother and sister less than a mile from the school on a farm which faced Rt, 14, now Rt. 1. After her one year at the Broadkill School, she moved on to higher grades at the school in Milton. That was an hour walk every day," said West. "If I left the house at five of eight I could make it to the school house on time. We had bad, cold winters back then and there wasn't no buses. Very few cars. Those were the days of mules and wag- ons or horses and carriages and it seemed like no one was ever go- ing your way." The school building that West attended for one year - that she called Hacky Barney - stands to- day on a two acre parcel still deed- ed to the State of Delaware. Ac- cording to records in the Sussex County Courthouse, John C. Nields and his wife, Mary C., con- veyed the property to Delaware on Auguist 26, 1924. The red brick building with its wide front con- crete steps and traditional white cupola on its roof rose quickly from the site. Vinyard West was among the first students to attend classes there. According to Richard Millman, who lives with his wife, Grace, on Rt. 16 across the road from West, Delaware built the Broadkill School during the time that Pierre S. duPont served as head of the state's Board of Education. "He had a lot of money and he used it- to upgrade schools throughout Delaware - especially in rural ar- eas - for colored and white stu- dents," said Millman. "It replaced a school further out the neck to- ward the beach - on Clarence Reed's land. That building's gone BARW00TIN' Dennis Forney now. My oldest daughter went to the brick school and I had brothers and sisters that went there too. I went to the White's Chapel school located over on Oyster Rocks Road. It had been there for years and years before Eddie Truitt bought it and moved it to New Road near Lewes." Millman remembered that duPont had also built the school at Rabbits Ferry and another at Hol- lymount used today as an interde- nominational church. The brick school at Broadkill, known in official records as Sus- sex Number 7, served students of the area up until Aug. 1944 when students of all ages throughout the area began attending a consolidat- ed school in Milton. The well-built Broadkill school stood empty for for 24 years, until July 18, 1968 when records show the property was transferred from the State Board of Education to the state of Delaware "for use of the Dept. of Elections in Sussex." Millman said the Elections De- partment only used the building for one year after which the Mil- ton Jaycees took it over. "They fixed it up and used it for several years before they could no longer keep it up," said Millman. "Then I think a motorcycle club used it a while. Now it's getting real run down. It's a shame be- cause it was a good building - strong foundation." The old Broadkil] School prop- erty is falling down and has be- come a junky, littered eyesore. Dennle Forney photo The old Broadldll school, known to some as Haeky Barney, stands on two acres of land owned by the state of Delaware. / CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 - 7 NEW LISTING 20s Federal St - High  a hill in Milton. This real Vtctoriam has been painted to neflect its charm and that of the owners. 5 BR, 2 BA, LR" DR,' Parlor,  Porch, Rear Deck and a huge wisteria in the back yard. Call me to see this one. Only $159.900. 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