Inside Bodega's Historic Schoolhouse

Sep 3, 2015

The old Potter Schoolhouse stands shoulder to shoulder with Bodega's other iconic structure, the St. Teresa of Avila church.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB


Leah Taylor shows off artifacts, both educational and entertainment related, in a one-time school classroom that was featured in the 1962 film, The Birds.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 Alfred Hitchcock is long gone from Bodega, but the historic schoolhouse his Birds attacked remains an intriguing landmark in the small west county town.

Although Leah Taylor and her family were not around the Potter School building when classes were being held there, she has been able to gather a collection of artifacts from that earlier time. Their authenticity, she says, is well-established.

The classroom scenes in The Birds make those rooms easy to recognize, even now. But Taylor says the large upstairs room—which once served as Bodega’s town meeting hall—also played a lesser known role in the film.

Leah Taylor will be leading three tours of the historic school house tomorrow, as a fund-raiser for the Sebastopol Community Center. Find details and make reservations here. Or call (707) 823-1511.