Schoolhouse Museum summer hours

South Windsor - posted Jun, 26 2013

SOUTH WINDSOR - The South Windsor Historical Society will open Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and Aug. The museum will be closed July 4. The former District 5 schoolhouse at 771 Ellington Road was built 150 years ago to replace an older elementary school across the street. It is the only one in South Windsor that hasn't been demolished or converted to a home. At some points in 19th century, there were a dozen one-room schools in town. It now serves as a local history museum containing school and town memorabilia. Several recent acquisitions are on display in the lower level of the building. From 1978 to 1994, the historical society leased and maintained it as a local history museum, open to visitors and to annual field trips by local elementary school children and scouting groups. It has been listed on the State Register of Historic Places since 1991. The Society sought and received town meeting approval to acquire the building and began a $50,000 restoration project, funded by a $20,000 private grant and various local fundraisers. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information about the Society and its programs, call 860-291-9958, or visit www.southwindsorhistory.org.


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