OLD SCHOOL OF THE DAY
Hancock Point School
644 Point Road
The Hancock Point School is a historic former one-story, one-room school building set in a rural area along one of the main town roads at 644 Point Road in South Hancock, Maine. Built c. 1870 by George Young, who also gave half of the land on which it stands, this wood frame one-room schoolhouse is a single-story wood frame structure, with a front gable roof, weatherboard siding, minimal exterior ornamentation, and a foundation of stone piers. It is set on a large (more than 5-acre) parcel of land on the east side of Point Road, which also includes a c. 1980s private residence. Its main facade has a centered doorway with a transom window, and an opening for a small sash window in the gable above. The side elevations have two pairs each of sash windows, and the rear elevation has a window in the gable, and a doorway leading into an attached shed-roof garage. The main entrance opens into a small vestibule area, which has doors to either side leading into the classroom space. That space has vertical bead board wainscoting, with horizontal bead board paneling above and on the ceiling. The floors are maple, a replacement for original pine floors. The space includes original fixtures, including desks, benches, and electric lighting dating to 1937
The town of Hancock had eight school districts during the 19th century. Although most of the other neighborhood district schools closed in the early 20th century, this school, which served district #2, l continued educating local children until the eve of World War II, and remained in service until 1941, when the town completed the consolidation of all of its district schools based on a state mandate. It is the town’s only surviving district schoolhouse, is now privately owned, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The Hancock Point School is eligible for nomination to the National Register at the local level of significance under Criterion A for its association with patterns of rural schooling in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Maine, and under Criterion C as a good example of a type of educational facility that was once common throughout the state. The period of significance commences with the construction of the school in 1870, and ends in 1940 when the last classes were held in the building.