Just what was Easton like in the 1850s? A gander at the old Adams Schoolhouse helped paint the picture on Memorial Day, when the Easton Historical Society opened the school's doors to the public. The building is only opened a few days each year, but Lisa Burghardt, interim president of the society said she hopes to schedule some days near in the future
Burghardt says the schoolhouse, located at 345 Westport Road, was in use from circa 1850 until 1921.
"The schoolhouse educated children ages eight to 14 living in what was known as District 4," Burghardt says. To put it in perspective she added, "In 1850, Easton had 1,432 residents, 13 school districts and seven one-room schoolhouses."
Over the years, "most of the one-room schoolhouses were destroyed," she explained. In addition to the Adams Schoolhouse, the Wilson Schoolhouse is also still standing, although she says it's being used as an art studio.
"All the schools have different histories," she says. "One was burned down. Another was knocked down to make way for a road. Two were knocked down for the reservoir. One of them, we don't know."
Burghardt also mentioned the society scanned historical photographs of Easton, which will be on display at the schoolhouse. "We will have approximately 40 photographs," she adds, including images of schoolhouses and the surrounding property, and pictures of students and teachers throughout the years.
"All the pictures will be labeled," she continued. "I will walk people through the photos, to explain which schools are which, what to be looking for. These schoolhouses did not have heat. Children were responsible for bringing wood from home in order to heat the room. It was a different age, a lot different from schooling today."
Burghardt explains that the schoolhouse opening will be the first time anyone in Easton has seen the photographs. "I think people who come will see that the students weren't much different then than they are today," She says.
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