Little Red Schoolhouse (Brunswick, New York)

District No. 6 Schoolhouse
View from the north, 2009
Little Red Schoolhouse (Brunswick, New York) is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Location: Clums Corners, Brunswick, New York
Nearest city: Troy
Coordinates: 42°45′4.29″N 73°34′28.8″W / 42.7511917°N 73.574667°W / 42.7511917; -73.574667Coordinates: 42°45′4.29″N 73°34′28.8″W / 42.7511917°N 73.574667°W / 42.7511917; -73.574667
Area: Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)[1]
Built: c. 1830[2] or 1837[1]
Architectural style: Greek revival[1]
Governing body: Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District
NRHP Reference#: 08000582
Added to NRHP: July 3, 2008

The District #6 Schoolhouse, also known locally as the Little Red Schoolhouse or the Lincoln School,[3] located in Brunswick, New York, United States, is a one-room schoolhouse built circa 1830[2] or 1837[1] that was home to grades one through eight until the consolidation of Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District in 1952.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on July 3, 2008[4] and a dedication ceremony for the accomplishment was held on June 12, 2009.[2]

The building, located on New York Route 278, is still owned by Brunswick Central School District.[2] It is believed to be one of the oldest remaining schoolhouses in Rensselaer County.[1]

History

Map of the original District #6
The schoolhouse in 1913

The schoolhouse was built either in 1830[2] or 1837[1]—though sources disagree on which—and served as a local grade school for more than a century. It hosted children ranging from grade one to eight together in one classroom.[2] The district was centered around Clums Corners and was originally designated District 11 until being renamed District 6 sometime between 1854 and 1862.[1]

The structure was built on land donated by Luther and Olive Eddy, who owned a large tract of farmland adjacent to the current lot.[1] Luther Eddy later became the first town superintendent for education in 1844.[5]

After the consolidation of Brunswick Central School District in the 1950s, the school was closed. At one point,[when?] it was reopened for a year to accommodate the large student population on the new school's campus.[citation needed]

It was later[when?] used as a garage by the school district. The west wall was removed to accommodate vehicles.[1] After that, it was used as a storage house by the district.[1]

During the 1970s, the exterior of the building was restored by the local Kiwanis, including replacing the west wall which had been removed.[1] The building was then used by the Brunswick Historical Society as a museum. By 2007, most of the interior was refurbished by donations of time and materials from local residents.[citation needed]

Beginning in the mid 2000s, an effort was made by the Brunswick Town Historian to add the site to National Register of Historic Places.[1] This would be the second former schoolhouse in the town to be listed on the NRHP, the Garfield School being the first.[1][6] Following an interior restoration that was completed in 2007, the site was added to the register on July 3, 2008 as District No. 6 Schoolhouse.[4]

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