Boxborough District Schoolhouse #2 // 1857

Before most small New England towns had single school buildings for elementary, middle and high school, small one-room schoolhouses like this dotted the landscape, especially in rural towns. Having smaller schools spread out allowed for a greater number of students to attend school without traveling by horseback long distances, and more local school buildings was a great solution. This c.1857 school building was in use until 1949, and it didn’t even have heat, running water, or electricity until the 1930s, making smart design a necessity to get the most out of the building. Large windows would provide natural light to flood the classroom and the steep gable roof would ensure snow to slide off the roof. Sadly, many towns have lost these buildings, but some have been restored or even repurposed as homes!

3 thoughts on “Boxborough District Schoolhouse #2 // 1857

  1. Gardenlover11 June 16, 2021 / 9:06 pm

    How I would love to live in one!!!

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  2. Jean Hodder Mustard November 21, 2021 / 3:51 pm

    I started school in this school house – 1st and 2nd grade. 1944 – first grade – pleasant memories


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