Myakka City, Florida -- If walls could talk, Myakka City's schoolhouse would have many stories to tell. The Myakka City Historical Society hopes to create new memories in the old building.
A 13-year-long restoration project to rebuild Myakka City's 100-year-old schoolhouse is running out of time and money.
The Myakka City Historical Society hopes to have the school restored in time for its centennial celebration this November, but $200,000 are still needed to finish the million-dollar job.
The wooden and brick school sits on Wauchula Road. Historical Society members say when completed the school will serve as a library, conference and banquet center, a place for the arts and education. At one time, the school housed about 60 K-8 students.
Marilyn Coker is a historical society member and one of the school's former students.
"It's where the community always came together. Every activity took place in this building. As a child it's where our social life was," she says.
There's a fundraiser Sunday. Hermann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform at the Hermann Ranch at 32755 Singletary Road in Myakka City. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The horses perform at 4 p.m.
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