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By September 2, 2014 Read More →

The District #8 Schoolhouse

District # 8 SchoolhouseThe Monadnock Center for History & Culture preserves four historic buildings at its downtown Peterborough campus including the District #8 Schoolhouse. This brick one-room schoolhouse was donated to the Center in the 1990’s.  The school was built in 1824, one of several brick schoolhouses erected that year.  Peterborough was unusual because the town chose to build brick structures rather than the less expensive wood-frame schoolhouses typical of that time.

The schoolhouse was located on Middle Hancock Road.  It was disassembled and moved brick-by-brick to the museum property and is now the centerpiece of Monadnock Center’s education programs for young people.  Every year, children visit the schoolhouse and get a taste of school in the 19th century.  The children take part in 19th century classroom lessons, play old-time games, and try out a dunce cap.  Students also get a look at some 19th century graffiti located to the right of the schoolhouse door.

The Center’s education programs are open to schools throughout the Monadnock Region as well as home-school groups.  All school programs are developed and presented by our Education Coordinator, Carrie Whittemore, a former classroom teacher.