When construction finished, the first teacher assigned to provide an education for the citizens of Virgil was a man by the name of Charles Joyce. Joyce only taught in the First Schoolhouse for roughly two to three weeks. After Joyce, Rebecca Ball taught at the First Schoolhouse for a period of two summers (roughly half a year on aggregate.) After Rebecca left, her sister Abigail Ball was teaching for one term.
After Abigail Ball's term ended, this would mark the end of the First Schoolhouse as a major site of education in early Virgil, NY. The first school near the village was run and taught by Mrs. L. Edwards in her own home. Afterwards, Moses L. Rice taught in what is now known as the Remington House in the winter of 1804-05. The First Schoolhouse was important in a historical context because it showed that even early on in settling this new frontier of central New York, the settlers still saw education as an important part of life.
By: Jonathan Rodriguez, James LaCarruba, & Thomas Barrett