Big Oaks Conservation Society has recently initiated a project to preserve the Oakdale School House. This project includes:
• Restoration of the exterior and interior structure. This includes stabilization of the limestone base and walls, restoration of the windows and sashes, and replacement of the original shake-shingle roof, and repair of interior plaster walls and ceiling (supported by a grant from Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County);
• Historical and genealogical research of the community originally surrounding and served by the school (supported by a grant from Jefferson County Genealogical Society);
• Development and installation of a kiosk delineating the significance of the school and the families and community it served ( supported by Jefferson County Genealogical Society.
Goals for the Oakdale School House are as an interpretive site, and use as an educational resource for joint programs with the local area school systems, Big Oaks Conservation Society, and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.
The Oakdale School House is located just inside the fence on the south side of the refuge, near the old JPG buildings and the Jefferson County Highway Department facility.
Currently, the school house and adjacent grounds are the venue for the Big Oaks Conservation Society Annual Ice Cream Social each August.(see Events section).