Garrison Hill School, Wiscasset, ca. 1910

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Under a 1647 Massachusetts law, Wiscasset was obligated to provide schooling for its children between the ages of seven and fifteen. In 1800 a second law mandated district schools, of which Wiscasset would have six. The “Old High School” was the Garrison Hill School, one of those district schools.

Merchant and Revolutionary War soldier Timothy Parsons originally constructed the building as a private home in 1785. It was later moved to the other side of Hodge Street, where it served as a tavern. The Town of Wiscasset purchased it in 1860 for use as the Town Hall. During the Civil War it was used as a drilling place for the Home Guard.

The building remained the home of the Garrison Hill School until the Masons purchased it in 1910.

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  • Title: Garrison Hill School, Wiscasset, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Town: Wiscasset
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.102981
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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