Ridgefield's Little Red Schoolhouse (Peter Parley) Opens for Season on Sunday, Learn About 19th Century Schooling!

Schoolhouse Days Are Here Again!

No homework. No pressure. Just good old-fashioned fun.

Last Sundays at the Schoolhouse returns this Sunday, May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Peter Parley West Lane District Schoolhouse at the intersection of West Lane, South Salem Road, Silver Spring Road, and Peter Parley Road.

If you've never visited, now's the time. If you've been before, come again.

Preserved as a museum of early education in Ridgefield, the schoolhouse, which began serving students in 1756, is furnished as it was when the school's doors closed in 1915 and offers a fascinating glimpse of Ridgefield's past.

Special Treat this Sunday, May 28

This Sunday at 2:30 pm, Dr. Darla Shaw and Barbara Kaplan, both veteran teachers, will be leading a class for students of all ages — a taste of early 19th Century schooling. Entertaining and informal, Dr. Shaw who has been leading recent field trips to the schoolhouse, will bring you back in time and help you understand and imagine the past.

Mark Your Calendars — Come Once! Come Often!

The schoolhouse will also be open for "Sundays at the Schoolhouse" on June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. as well as for Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 10, also from 1 to 4 p.m. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for additional programming information.

About Your Schoolhouse Hosts

Jack and Sally Sanders, Ridgefield Historical Society volunteers, will be greeting guests and answering questions.

Ridgefielders since 1968, Jack and Sally live in the 18th Century Captain David Olmstead house. Both had decades-long careers in community journalism, Jack as editor of The Ridgefield Press and Sally as editor of The Redding Pilot and later as arts editor for Hersam Acorn Newspapers (now part of the Hearst publications).

Jack has written 10 books on Ridgefield history and continues to research and write the town's stories. Sally is a volunteer and board member with the Ridgefield Historical Society and writes its quarterly Scott House Journal.

Submitted by Ridgefield, CT

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