SURRY- Officials from the Old Surry Village School had an open house.
This school has been standing for almost 150 years.
Since 1872, the building has either been a foundation of schooling generations of Maine children or being home to local firefighters.
But the history of the school wasn’t going to keep it around forever.
“In 2014, Surry took repossession of the building so it’s now a town building again. They tried something to do with it but it didn’t happen and so they were going to burn the building down,” said Glyneta Thomson, the school’s preservation group chairperson.
However, she added that in 2016, the group proposed that for no cost to the town, they would rehabilitate the building to make it a historic meeting place and eventually it happened.
“This year Maine was supposed to celebrate it’s bicentennial, March 15, 2020. This building received their certificate on march 13th 2020, to enter into the nation historic register. So we’re very pleased about that,” Thomson said.
On Saturday, Thomson opened the Old Surry Village School to the public to view one of Maine’s few surviving two-room schoolhouses.
“We have enough people who graduated from this school, either grade school or even high school. We’ve have enough people that had gone to this school that said, ‘this is part of our history.’ It was a school, it was our fire department, it’s part of our history and we want to make sure that it’s saved,” Thomson said.