Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Historic Morris School Relocation

Have you heard the news? Historic Morris School, currently located at the northeast corner of U.S. 231 and West Cumberland Avenue in West Lafayette, is being relocated to an area of land gifted by Mr. Lynn Cason. The land it sits on now was sold to Franciscan Health, a private health care organization, in 2014, raising concerns for the schoolhouse's future throughout the local community.

The Journal and Courier shared the news of an accepted bid by the city in late September, WLFI shared similar news in mid-December, and Indiana Landmarks picked up the story in late December.

The fate of Morris School was a topic of discussion in a number of meetings of the West Lafayette History and Research Center's Advisory Board. Many of us tried to figure out how we could find both land and funds to relocate the schoolhouse. Now that Lynn Cason has graciously provided the land, we need to band together to raise the money. Please be sure to check out the links to learn more about this historic schoolhouse, and learn how you can help save this Indiana landmark!

In the meantime, I'd be excited to hear if any of you have memories of Morris School. Feel free to reach out to me or share here!


  1. Alexandria, I'm wondering if anyone has reached out to you yet with stories or memories involving the old Morris School House?

    1. Thanks for asking, Mitchell! No one has reached out yet, but I'm always happy talk with anyone about West Lafayette history. If you have any stories of the old Morris School House, I'd love to hear them! Likewise, if you know someone with any stories to share, please encourage them to contact me. I can be reached via email at wlhrcenter@gmail.com.