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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:19 PM


The South Windsor Historical Society will open its Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse Museum from 12 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August, except for July 4.
The former District 5 schoolhouse at 771 Ellington Rd. 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.
In 1882, the average student population at the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse was
between 29 and 37 students. By 1922, the school had been reduced to serving 18
children in four grades and varied until it was officially closed in 1952. The
building was then used for local group activities and a private kindergarten.
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. A small kitchen, bath, handicapped ramp and entryway
were added to the rear of the building. Separate entry doors for boys and girls,
typical of the 19th century, were restored, and windows have been refurbished.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information about the
Society and its programs, call 860-291-9958, or visit

771 Ellington Rd., 06074    google map | yahoo map

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