MARYVILLE, Mo. — From the outside, the building on the corner of Water and East Jenkins streets looks like a simple white house, but its bones tell another story.
Today, the residence is nearly unrecognizable as the school for black children of Nodaway County that first opened its doors more than 140 years ago.
Since then, ownership of the building has changed more than half a dozen times. Due to numerous renovations, the structure looks little like the square, white schoolhouse it used to be.
When Tiffany and Ben Scott bought the house four years ago, they considered remodeling it and living there.
“The house we’re in barely won,” Ben said.
The Scotts live in a house directly east of the property now, and they currently rent the old schoolhouse. As they were updating the old Douglass School, they found pieces of the past.