That Sandy Pond School is still with us today, nearly 150 years after it was built and some 120 years since the last classes were dismissed is a small miracle. Had history followed its normal course, Sandy Pond School would have been torn down within a few years after its closure in 1906. Across north central Massachusetts, only a handful of other single room school buildings still stand, and even fewer that are equally well preserved while retaining their original appearance. Here in Ayer, Sandy Pond School stands alone, a sole survivor of the single room school era.
We look forward to the day when this iconic little schoolhouse is once again open on a continuing and regular basis. This little building, which once echoed with the sounds of student voices and later became a site for reunions, community dinners and dances, guest speakers, and at least one art auction, is an invaluable historic and cultural resource. Its preservation serves as a physical reminder of the historic and social forces that helped shape and define the unique identity of its local community. Its preservation for future generations is, we believe, a worthy goal, and one to which SPSA is fully committed.
The Schoolhouse in 1894