As we close Mashpee’s historic 1831 One-Room Schoolhouse for the season, a report back to the town.

Over the summer season, 177 individuals toured through the schoolhouse in addition to this year’s new Mashpee schoolteachers. Tours were conducted by Nancy Soderberg as schoolmarm and myself as schoolmaster. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to host the 3rd graders at the Quashnet School, which has always been an annual school trip for the students and a highlight for the One-Room Schoolhouse. We hope we will be able to continue once again with the student tours next spring.

This year we hosted visitors from eight states outside Massachusetts: North Carolina, South Carolina, Maine, Maryland, Texas, Illinois, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. While by far most of the visitors were from Mashpee, we also had guests from Boston, Plymouth, Wilmington, Sandwich, Falmouth, Pocasset, Medfield, Bridgewater, Buzzards Bay and Walpole.

New signage and posters were hung on the walls and new activities were added to the tour including writing with the quill pen and ink and having the visitors try their luck at playing with the rolling hoops, a recreational activity used by the children during the 1850 time period.

We have been working with teachers and students at Mashpee Middle-High School to rebuild the woodshed that was attached to the original school when it was located in South Mashpee. Work on that project will be taking place during the upcoming year.

Mashpee is indeed foutunate to have such a historic building saved and restored and listed on the National Register. It serves as a special piece of Mashpee and Wampanoag history.

The schoolhouse will open up again on Memorial Day for tours. We are always looking for individuals interested in history to help us with the tours. If you are interested and have a couple of hours a month to volunteer, please contact me at richard.desorgher@gmail.com.

Richard P. DeSorgher

Schoolmaster

Mashpee One-Room Schoolhouse

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