During the final week of the 2018 school year, Third and Fourth grade students visited the Chesley School House, out on Baker Road, and experienced what days in a one room school house might have been like. On behalf of the Lyme Historical Society, Lara Dwyer waited outside the schoolhouse as the bus pulled up bustling with energetic students. Alongside of a small playground sat a table of lemonade and cookies for an after recess treat. Four swings and a set of wide teeter totters were the only equipment, plus a single hoop on the back end of the schoolhouse. Waving along the front end of the building was an American flag and a small chalkboard reading, "Open". The bright sunshine and crisp wind added the perfect weather for our historic outing. Many students were surprised that it was the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Lyme and that not only did it get electricity in 1941, but the building has never had any plumbing, just an outhouse style system in the back. We were incredibly grateful to have Mrs Dube, who graduated 8th grade from the Chesley School join our day. Many students sat throughout the grass, captivated by her historical magic as she spoke about her more cherished memories of recess! She and her schoolmates would toss a ball over the top of the school and race to the other side. She went on to shock us with her stories of walking from the top of Baker Hill down to Nichols Hardware Store to catch a ride over to Thetford Academy for high school. It was truly a cherished day for each of us, and fantastic perspective in historical thinking. Thank you to all to helped make this day happen.
Chesley School House 1824-1959
Thursday, June 21, 2018