Massie School is the Oldest Public School in Georgia
Did you know that the Massie School, now known as Massie Heritage Center, is the oldest public school in Georgia? It opened its doors to Savannah’s children on October 15, 1856. The school was designed by John S. Norris, a famous architect from New York. Architecture is the design and construction of buildings and bridges. Massie’s architectural style is called Greek revival, a popular style during the 1800’s.
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The Greek Revival Style
The Greek revival style comes from buildings, often temples, of ancient Greek civilization. The basic elements are columns and beams which support the triangular pediment of the roof. Look at the picture of the ancient Greek temple. Can you identify the columns, beams, and pediment? Use the Greek revival vocabulary terms to help you.
Greek Revival Terms:
Capital: the top part of a column that may be decorated or carved
Column: a long vertical post or pillar that supports a roof
Entablature: the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
Pedimet: the triangular shaped part of the roof above the entablature
How Many Triangles?
Look at the picture of Massie School.
How many triangular pediments do you see?
How many columns are built into the structure?
Can you think of any other buildings in Savannah that reflect the Greek Revival architectural style?
Lunch Time at Massie
Students would bring their lunch to school each day. Lunches often came to school in pails. Inside you could find hard-boiled eggs, baked potatoes, bread and jam, or biscuits. Imagine you are preparing your lunch pail for school. What will you bring? Ask an adult to help you prepare this recipe for your healthy lunch!
Peter Massie’s Oatmeal Cookies
Peter Massie was born in Scotland where oats were an important staple in the diet. Many mothers would have made oatmeal cookies for their children. Try this recipe for your oatmeal cookies!
You will need:
½ cup margarine, softened
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup stone ground whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
1 apple, cored and chopped
Preheat oven to 375° and prepare cookie sheets by lightly greasing. Add margarine, honey, egg and vanilla to large mixing bowl and cream until smooth. Combine together flour, baking soda and cinnamon, then add to the creamed mixture and stir in. Mix in oats and gently mix in apples. Drop onto prepared cookie sheets, one teaspoonful at a time. Bake 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then move to wire rack.