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Nashua's Little Brick Schoolhouse 

Welcome to the
District #1 School


 

  • Located in the Old South Burial Ground in Nashua, New Hampshire, the 1841 District #1 Schoolhouse stands as a testament to the 80 years it served as a suburban public school. Since its restoration in 1976 for the Bicentennial of the United States, the little brick schoolhouse has welcomed scholars from Nashua and neighboring towns for a two-hour re-living history program. Members of  the King's Daughters Benevolent Association volunteered their time and resources to the renovation of this schoolhouse treasure. They continue to curate the school and sponsor 4th grade visits.

  • Each spring and fall, 4th grade students return to the days of reading, writing, and arithmetic, the wood burning stove, dip ink pens, slates and slate pencils, recitation lessons, and in some cases, the hickory stick! The "schoolmarm" or "schoolmaster" is at the head of the class to instruct the scholars, who once spanned a range of ages, grades, and ability levels. Here at the schoolhouse, history comes alive and visitors often say, "This is the best field trip I've ever been on!"
     

  • This site is dedicated to the District #1 School, the devoted teachers who educated children in similar schools across the nation, and the countless scholars whose parents dreamed of better lives for their children. 

  • Explore the history, photographs, and timeless tales that help us bring the one-room story to our visitors.

  • Learn of the program offered at the little schoolhouse in the cemetery.

  • Read of the renewed interest in the preservation and restoration of our remaining one-room country schools in the United States. You'll agree that Nashua preservationists were ahead of their time!

 

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District #1 Schoolhouse  

1841 - 1921

​(near) 217 Daniel Webster Highway

Nashua, New Hampshire

Plan Your Visit

Dear 4th Grade Teachers,
     As the schoolmarms and schoolmaster of Nashua’s Little Red Schoolhouse, we welcome you to participate once again in a living history experience! The trip to the Little Red Schoolhouse is an annual spring event for Nashua's 4th graders and it is truly an experience they will never forget!

     Nashua schools have traditionally visited in the spring. ​Visitors from Bedford, Hollis, and Brookline, NH attend classes in the fall months.  Nashua 4th grade teachers will receive their schedules for confirmation by January/February of each year. Fall attendees can make contact beginning in August.

     The schoolhouse and the two-hour program have been sponsored and maintained by the King's Daughters Benevolent Association since 1976. We look forward to scheduling your classes once again!


     When you visit the Little Red Schoolhouse with your class, you will turn back the hands of time when mills were active in Nashua and farms dotted the landscape. Set in the midst of the Old South Burying Ground in South Nashua, the 1841 schoolhouse has been restored to its original appearance where students will experience lessons from the mid 19th century. 

      The “Schoolmarm” or "Schoolmaster" of the day will greet the students at the front doors and transport them back to the days of the wood burning stove, slates and slate pencils, primary readers, recitation, and dip ink pens. Our scholars will experience two hours of history and simulated lessons from 1842, when the school first opened. 

   Once inside, students will share desks with a partner, girls on one side of the room, boys on the other. Teachers may relax and enjoy their time in observation, but might be called upon to assist in handing out materials. 

     Students will be busy with their new schoolmarm for the full two hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In some cases 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

     We promise a memorable and educational trip and look forward to your visit!

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Life in a Country School

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Schoolhouse Videos

             "One-Room Schools of the Past"

What was it like to attend a one-room country school over 100 years ago in the United States? What were the buildings like? Who were the teachers? What did scholars learn? Why were there so many schoolhouses? What learning materials did students use? How did one teacher teach all those ages and grades in one room? How was the day organized?......and many more questions answered.

                         WATCH BEFORE YOUR VISIT TO THE SCHOOLHOUSE!

           Nashua and the Schoolhouse -1841

Here is a short history of early Nashua, the District #1 Schoolhouse, and the decision to build the school in 1841. Learn who curates the schoolhouse today and what visitors will see when they experience schooling in the past.

                           WATCH BEFORE YOUR VISIT TO THE SCHOOLHOUSE!

"Our Resilient New Hampshire Schoolhouses" 

Here is a 6-minute tribute to a number of preserved schoolhouses of NH. It was produced for "Strawbery Banke" Museum  in Portsmouth, NH for their 4th of July on-line celebration in 2020. The theme was, "Resilience," as we all battled to come back from COVID-19 and could only visit "Strawbery Banke" virtually. Interpreters made videos of themselves as historic figures telling their stories of overcoming hardship. 

I chose to highlight preserved schoolhouses that have survived the ravages of time, many to live again and tell their stories to appreciative visitors. I wish I could have featured all our NH schools, but the time was limited to 6-minutes. I hope you enjoy our beautiful New England schools and my heartfelt message about them....
Note: All the buildings identified with titles are in New Hampshire. Not all the general schoolhouse photos used are from NH schools: interiors, groups, items.

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Contact Us

District #1 Schoolhouse

Located in the Old South Burial Ground in Nashua, NH 

For info:
Susan C. Fineman

 Country School

Association of America

     The District #1 Schoolhouse is recognized by the Country School Association of America, a national organization promoting the preservation of the remaining one-room country schools across the nation.
     The CSAA is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country school experience. The group is for those who are involved in one-room school preservation, history, or reenactment.

     The schoolhouse has been placed in the CSAA Registry as a Landmark Schoolhouse, one that has contributed in a positive way to the understanding and appreciation of the country school experience.

www.countryschoolassociation.org