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East Washington, New Hampshire USA. Taken 10/22/11.
Featured 10/24/11:
From their website:
In the late 1790’s, the town was divided into school districts. At the most, there were 10 school districts. Each district was responsible for the running of their school. Students in that district would attend their own school. In 1825, there were 371 students in the 10 school districts, while in 1848 there were 256 scholars.

This district was known as School District #5. In 1817, $200 was raised to build a school house. It was a log school and was located across the road from the one now standing.

The current school was built in 1849. In 1851, the State Board of education cited it as a ``model school house’’. This school was larger than any other, except for the Center School in Washington Center (now the Police Station). In 1878, there was an average of 42 students in each of the three terms and a total school year of 30 weeks. not much money available to buy extras, so in 1869, the students and teachers earned money to buy a clock (still on the wall), table, chair and five reference books. In 1883, the teacher and students presented an elegant copy of Webster’s Unabridged dictionary which stands by the teacher’s desk, showing much usage. During the 1890’s, the building was extensively repaired and new desks were installed.

There are two coat-rooms, one on each side of the building. The one on the right was for the girls, the one on the left for the boys. Boys entered the classroom by the left door, and the girls on the right. The bathroom facilities and woodshed are in a separate building. The boys bathroom is on the left, the girls on the right with the woodshed in the middle. In the winter, it was the rule that when a student went out to the outhouse, they must bring back in a piece of wood for the fire.

A wood stove was the only means of heat and was usually in the center of the room. Water was brought for drinking from the Fletcher place for the day. A bucket with a common dipper was used. Later, the State of New Hampshire demanded a more sanitary method and the water jug was used. There has never been electricity in the building. Lamps (probably oil) were suspended from the ceiling for use on dark days. The windows on the east side of the building were added in the 1920’s.

There were at least two, and sometimes three terms per year. Each term lasted eight to ten weeks. A teacher was hired for the term, so in some cases, there would be three teachers in one year. If there were not enough students, the school would be closed for that term.

A committee of five persons living in the district were elected to supervise the schools. This committee hired the teachers, provided for the teachers room and board, repaired the school house, provided fuel and care of the school, furnished school books to needy children and provided money that was not paid by the town. These inspectors were to visit the school during the first and last weeks of the term as a group. Then each inspector was assigned a week to inspect the school and see that all was going well.

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  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 3 years ago

    Nicely edited Monica..Went by this today… Love the road it is on…. Have you been by the Echard (spell?) Farm…They have some pretty good ice cream…It is an honor system store..
    They sell all kinds of things..But the meat…..Organic and tough…Ice cream Hubby says is Pretty good for this area..Not home made but descent Fresh bake Dog “cookies” also..Bella knows when we pull up that she will get a treat! lol

  • Thanks, Jean! I have been by the farm many times, pretty area!!! I love it up there…I really do!!! I am so excited to be able to stay up there soon….:)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 3 years ago

    This is gorgeous!!!

  • Thank you so much, Kim!!! I am building in this town….cannot wait till I am up there full time! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 3 years ago

    A lovely image!

  • Thank you s much, Barbara!!! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosover 3 years ago

    Stop in when you get the time…Great little place..You buy what you want and put the money in an enevlope.. I love it there..Stop by “our” place sometime when you have the time..Will put the coffee/tea on.We are getting closer to the finish line on this foreclosure..Least on the main living floor We are 2.3 miles in on Valley RD house But it wont be like that for long

  • Will do, Jean!!! Sounds like a plan! Thank you!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Laura  Knight
    Laura Knightover 3 years ago

  • Woohoo!!! Thank you so very much!!! I am honored!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 3 years ago
    This is such a beautiful capture !
  • Thank you, Carlos!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    A lovely autumn idyll, Monica! Congratulations on the feature… I’d say this wonderful old building represents any number of Moments In Time!

  • Thank you so much, my friend!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Love those old schoolhouses! Fantastic image!

  • Thank you, Pamela!!! :)

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    Octoberr 24, 2011

  • Thank you so much for this honor!!! I am thrilled!!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, Monica – I love those old buildings.

  • Thank you, Mary!!

    – Monica M. Scanlan

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