You’ve gone too far to find this yield, if you’re tipping cows in the neighbor’s field.
The Little Red Schoolhouse, built in 1906, is currently a shared space between the Preble Town Offices and the US Post Office. As was common with many early schoolhouses, the building had what was known as “The Big Room” and “The Little Room.” The little room included grades one through four and the big room held classes for grades five through eight. The school closed in 1954, with some Preble children continuing at Tully and others at the Homer schools.
In 2012, the Town Hall building was equipped with solar panels and a new heating and ventilation system. “Our way of being self–sustaining and efficient,” says the town supervisor. Preble, a member of the Central New York Climate Change Innovation Program, expects that emissions reduction for the project will total 19.53 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Nearby landmarks include Mount Toppin, a distinctive geographic feature that rises just outside of the town and is the most elevated area in Preble, climbing to 1,841 feet above sea level. Several small lakes, left by the retreat of glaciers 10,000 years ago, provide vacationers with cool respite from the summer heat and winter solitude for ice fishermen.
A short distance down the road, Little York Lake provides the setting for Dwyer Memorial Park and Pavilion, a local favorite picnic area with softball fields and a boat launch. Fireworks are scheduled here each year on July 3rd. The Cortland Repertory Theater stages summer entertainment in the historic Pavilion, which also serves as an ideal setting for weddings, clambakes, and social gatherings.