Monroe Township District 15:


Photo taken August 10, 2021. From the author’s collection.

A schoolhouse sat on the land of Uriah Columbus Vermillion as early as 1880 (Kingman, 1880). U.C. Vermillion was a prominent rural citizen, lending his last name to a creek, two churches, and the District 15 schoolhouse all located proximate to his land. 

The present schoolhouse seems to have been built in 1899 (Madison, 2021).  

A congregation calling itself the Vermillion Christian Church began  holding services in the schoolhouse in 1913 (Church, 1988) before erecting their own structure -costing $1,500- nearby the following year (Meetings, 1913). 

In 1933, the Vermillion school took in eleven students from the District 3: Tennessee schoolhouse that burned (City, 1933). The schoolhouse closed for good in 1938 after the consolidated Cunningham school opened on the site of District 5, absorbing the students of eleven districts (Holtsclaw, 2006).

Today, the building is a home.


Kingman Brothers. (1880). History of Madison County, 

Madison County Office of Information & GIS Services. (2021). Parcel ID: 48-07-04-100-002.000-029

Church Celebrates 75th Anniversary (1988, November 12). The Muncie Star Press. p. 5.

Meetings Close With Success (1913, July 19). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.

City Schools Donate Seats and Furniture (1933, February 13). The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.

Holtsclaw, S. (2006, May 17). After 68 years, Cunningham Elementary School says goodbye to Alexandria. The Alexandria Times-Tribune. p. 1.