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Rural schools looked quite different from those in the city. Small, one-to-two room schools dotted the landscape in Mecklenburg County. Usually there would be more than one school in a community so it would be within walking distance for the children living in the ten or more nearby farms. Each school had at least one professional teacher for students from grades one to nine. Most children walked to school. The term normally ran with the growing season. Grange Hall was typical of many rural schools in Mecklenburg County. It was located at Hoods Crossing in Mint Hill, which is in the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County. The students are dressed in their Sunday best.