Little Boston School

View of Little Boston School; Source - www.historicbuildingsct.com.
Historic/Common Name:
None
Address:
230 West Main Street
Town:
East Lyme »
Year:
1734
Historic Designation:
LHP, SR
Property Authority:
Historic Properties Commission
Nature of Authority:
Regulatory
Eligible for Historic Home tax credits:
Yes
General description:

The Little Boston School House was founded in 1734 at the order of Governor Joseph Talcott, who wrote to Thomas Lee with instructions to set aside land to establish a school. Lee complied and the school was built on land 'halfway between the Thomas Lee House and the Quality Smith House'.

Significance of the property:

The school is usually considered the first district school between Boston and New York, and served the youth of a district called Little Boston because of its hopes to become a center of learning and culture. Samuel Comstock was the first headmaster. His son Jonatha, continued his education in Hartford and became a doctor of medicine. He was also a noted author. His most popular work was 'A System of Natural Philosophy'.

Relationship with the Surroundings:

The Little Boston School was closed in 1922 and the building was subsequently purchased by the East Lyme Historical Society. It was moved down the road and placed conveniently near the Thomas Lee House, the school house then served for fifty years as the summer residence of the host and hostess of the Historical Society.

Features:
Building
Historic Use:
First district school between Boston and New York
Present Use:
East Lyme Historical Society
Architectural Style:
Wood frame
Era:
18th Century
Ownership:
Public
Owner:
East Lyme Historical Society
Sources:

[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town website http://www.eltownhall.com/.
[2] Little Boston School, 230 West Main Street, East Lyme, Historic Resources Inventory, Norman B. Peck, Jr., 2007, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Little Boston School, Study Report, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website www.visionappraisal.com.
GIS information retrieved from the town website [http://www.eltownhall.com/geographic-information-systems].

Map:

Location map of 230 West Main Street; Source- GIS.

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Date of Compilation:
12/31/11
Compiler:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation