A Celebration of Life held in the Historic Murphys School House..
The Ebbetts Pass Veteran's Memorial District was formed toward the end of the 1950s, and was provided with a small grant from funds, held by Calaveras County, that had been dedicated for service to veterans. Each year they are funded by a small portion of the property taxes collected by the county in their district boundaries.
In 1973 the Vallecito School District replaced the elementary school in Murphys, which had been in use since at least 1860, with a new elementary school. Since the school district no longer needed the old property, they deeded it to the EPVMD. The building has a large wood floored room in the front with a slightly smaller room behind it. The historic Murphys School House was rented to other community organizations and individuals for meetings and other events. The school building was in dire need of maintenance and also needed to offer ADA accessibility if it was to continue to be used by the community, so the EPVMD decided to sell a property that they owned on Church Street in Murphys where an old community pool and a even older house were located, to obtain the funds to repair the Historic School House. All the funds obtained by the sale of the pool property in 2014 were dedicated to renovation of the historic school house.The first work projects were to rebuild the bell tower, which was almost ready to fall apart, and replace the roof, with future plans including a renovation of the original restrooms as well as replace the windows and do all needed repairs so the school house would be in good shape for many more years. An addition at the rear of the building was converted into a ADA restroom and a small commercial kitchen in 2017.
The form below can be used to send a request to rent the Historic Murphys Schoolhouse for an event, wedding, shower, Celebration of Life, meeting etc. The school house is ADA accessible, has a small commercial kitchen, about 125 chairs and over a dozen tables and a large paved parking lot. Please give dates for the rental, the hours you will need the building and type of event you plan as well as the approximate number of attendees.
The property donated by the school district held not only the historic school house, but also an old building used by scouts and the local Lions Club, as well as tennis courts. The old "scout hut" building burnt down and a new building was erected on the site and is currently used as the Ebbetts Pass Veteran's District Hall as well as being leased to the Angels-Murphys Lions Club for a minimal sum, and the Lions also sub-leasing it to other community groups,
The tennis courts were used as community courts for the first years that the EPVMD owned them, but eventually a non-profit was formed to manage and maintain the courts, while still making them available for the community to use at no charge. The courts were resurfaced in 2012, landscaping was added as well as other amenities, all from donated funds.