The Little Red Schoolhouse Program


Students experience a school day in the mid 1820s during the Norwalk Historical Society's Little Red Schoolhouse Program

About The Little Red Schoolhouse Program and its history:
In the early 1970s, Norwalk’s historic one-room school house known as the 1826 “Downtown District School House” was threatened by demolition to make way for progress, the Connecticut Turnpike. The Norwalk Historical Society acted quickly to save and move the School House to Mill Hill Historic Park in 1971, and the rest is history!

For over 40 years, Norwalk’s third grade school children have participated in the “Little Red Schoolhouse” program at Mill Hill Historic Park. This unique educational program presents the early history of Norwalk in an exciting and engaging format that complements the 3rd grade history curriculum. Hundreds of school children visit Mill Hill each year for this program.

We encourage the children and teachers to get into the spirit by arriving dressed in their version of 19th century costume with assigned colonial names to truly experience early Norwalk history. They are greeted by a costumed re-enactor who interprets the life and duties of Colonial Governor Thomas Fitch in the c.1740 Governor’s Law Office. Students experience a day in a one-room schoolhouse from 1826 by doing arithmetic on a slate, writing with quill and ink and reading from a hornbook. The program also includes a visit to the new exhibit, "Norwalk's Changing Communities: 13,000BC - 1835. The Norwalk Historical Society continues to strive to develop creative ways to bring history to life for the children of our community.


Students explore life in the mid-1700s during their visit to the c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office.

Interested in additional information about the Little Red Schoolhouse program at Mill Hill Historic Park and the Little Red Schoolhouse Travel program?


A class learns about colonial cooking techniques in the kitchen of the Governor Fitch Law Office.


Are you enthusiastic about local history and education?  Contact us about becoming a docent for our popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Learn about this exciting program and the important role a docent plays in making history come alive for students.  We  provide training for docents and a stipend.

Contact Information:  [email protected] or 203-846-0525.


We welcome sponsors to support the “Little Red School House” program.  Please contact Diane Jellerette, Executive Director or call 203- 846-0525 to discuss opportunities.

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