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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 1:18 am

1888: The Matthews family donates the land. Locals, including several Civil War veterans, build the school and outhouses.

1921: Some students sent to Cold Spring Academy

1922: The ospreys that historically nest on top of the school, featured at one time in The Smithsonian magazine, disappear.

1923: Local schools begin consolidating with some classes moving to larger schools.

1926: Fishing Creek students are bused to the Consolidated School.

1928: The Leckey family buys the school from a Wildwood real estate agent who purchased it at public auction. The Pennsylvania family uses it as a vacation home.

1980: Building placed on National Register of Historic Places and on state register.

1994: Township Council votes 3-2 not to issue a $200,000 bond to save the school. The township also turns down grants.

1997: Lower Township Historical Society begins raising funds to save the school.

1998: Township Council asks Cape May County to purchase it with open space funds.

2000: County Open Space Review Board considers purchase and township's historical society comes up with proposal to restore and manage it.

2002: State Green Acres Program purchases school and leases it to township for 20 years at $1 a year.

2009: The nonprofit group Friends of the Fishing Creek School forms to restore and find new uses.

2011: Lower Township Elementary announces it will use the school for educational programs.

2013: State grant received to make the school ADA compliant and restore interior, final steps to reopen.

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