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Open house at Little Red School

CHARLEMONT — The Little Red School on Route 2 is a visual tribute to the bygone days of the one-room schoolhouse. But there will be two free open houses, with special events at 1828-built school house this week.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the red brick school will be open for a slide show presentation by Joanne MacLean of Howes brothers’ pictures of Charlemont homes in the early 1800s, many of which are still in use. MacLean, a native of Hawley, is director of the Charlemont Historical Society, the Town Museum and a local historian. Cider, apples, and doughnuts will be served.

This program will be of special interest to local residents. Since there is only room for about 25 people, reservations may be made by calling 625-6784. Free to the public subject to space available, donations accepted.

On Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, there will be a fundraiser for the Hawlemont and Rowe School PTOs as an expression of support for their help in the recent Rowe School fire. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Red School will be open to the public, especially to visitors travelling the Mohawk Trail. Baked goods, cider, and other goods will be sold by the PTOs. Trustees will be present to describe the way this one-room school used to operate and to answer questions. Admission to the Red School will be free. Donations will be accepted.

“Openings like these have occurred only one or two times in the past few years,” said Winston Healey. “They offer a relatively rare opportunity to see the inside of this historic building, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, one room brick school in Massachusetts and one of the oldest such schools in the country.”

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