Keywords: One Room School Houses
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1960 Location: Lewiston Client: Philip Isaacson Architect: F. Frederick Bruck; F. Frederick Bruck, Architect
Many of the one-room schoolhouses in Otisfield, constructed from 1839 through the early twentieth century, are featured here. The photos, most of which also show teachers and children, were taken between 1898 and 1998.
When Brooklin, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula, was incorporated in 1849, there were ten school districts and nine one-room school houses. As the years went by, population changes affected the location and number of schools in the area. State requirements began to determine ways that student's education would be handled. Regardless, education of the Brooklin students always remained a high priority for the town.
Public education has been a part of Maine since Euro-American settlement began to stabilize in the early eighteenth century. But not until the end of the nineteenth century was public education really compulsory in Maine.
According to Steve, the house was one of the first to be hooked up to electricity because one of its boarders was on the island working on setting up…