School Days:Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time Lecture


School Days! School days! Dear old golden rule days!

School Days: Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time Lecture

Guest speaker and author: Melinda K. Elliot

Sunday, May 20, 2018


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There was a time when you could walk through Connecticut and find schoolhouses scattered across the landscape every few miles. Schools were literally everywhere: in the road, at the edge of the tobacco field, on top of a rock hill, or next to the meeting house. Each schoolhouse was made for one teacher to “keep school” for all the neighborhood children. Now in the 21st century, schooling has changed but these now forgotten one-room schools can still be seen. Author Melinda K. Elliot will uncover the stories of the numerous renovated and restored schoolhouses that still dot our state, including Norwalk’s very own Downtown District School at Mill Hill Historic Park.


Ms. Elliot will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time”.


A tour of the Downtown District School , featuring a new exhibition on Norwalk’s one-room schoolhouses, and a lesson with the schoolmarm will follow the lecture.



Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.


About Melinda K. Elliot

Melinda K. Elliott, who lives in Southbury, Connecticut, first became interested in one-room schoolhouses from her mother’s exciting stories of school-room adventures. Melinda is involved in several historical endeavors, including being a director and docent of an 18th century brick schoolhouse. She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the historical society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history. Melinda and her husband have three children, all living nearby, and several grandchildren to spoil. They enjoy road trips and are always on the lookout for old grist mills and one-room schoolhouses.