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1869 School House Museum, Eastham, MA



1869 School House Museum

Eastham Historical Society

25 Schoolhouse Road

Eastham, MA 02642

Eastham Historical Society was founded in 1963 by a group of visionaries to Preserve Eastham’s Past for Eastham’s Future. To that end, the Society maintains museums at the Swift-Daley complex located at State Highway in Eastham and at the 1869 School House Museum, located at 25 Schoolhouse Road. The EHS Archives, also located at the School House Museum, gathers genealogical and historical information through donations, cataloguing and preserving these materials in a safe environment.  The 1869 Schoolhouse Museum is located on Schoolhouse Road at the intersection with Nauset Road across from the National Seashore Visitor Center. It is housed in a one-room schoolhouse built in 1869. The original and remaining one of the three schoolhouses consolidated on that site in 1906, it served the town until 1936 when the last pupils moved to a newer building. The old building stood abandoned until 1963 when the newly-formed Eastham Historical Society looked about for a place to house the town’s historical treasures. The school building, then well on its way to decrepitude, was purchased, restored, and became a museum.  Exhibits depict the area’s history and include a model schoolroom, farming and household implements, shipwreck treasures, old paper currency, information on the Life Saving Service, Native American artifacts, and a 13-foot jawbone from a 65-foot finback whale.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.




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