The North Road Schoolhouse
Our cover school, the North Road Schoolhouse, was constructed around 1853. It is located in Danbury, New Hampshire, and currently is in use as a museum by the Danbury Museum & Historical Society. If you are visiting the area, the North Road Schoolhouse Museum is located at
440 North Road and is open the first Sunday of the month from May to October. The
school was also known by the name of District #4 School.
Historical Society documents indicate that the school was used from 1853 until
1943 and served students in first through eighth grades. The school property contains the school room, a cloak room, and a woodshed. As was typical of schools of its
era, an outhouse was in the school yard. Displays inside the building include original
furniture, old books, postcards, photographs, and more.
Danbury is located in south central New Hampshire in Merrimack County. The
area was originally settled in 1771 as part of Alexandria. Due to the mountainous
terrain Danbury was not incorporated until 1795, when citizens of Alexandria petitioned the state legislature to separate the town because it was difficult for residents
to meet together. The petition was granted, and the southern part of Alexandria was
incorporated as Danbury. The town is centrally located on US Highway 4 between
Interstate 89 and Interstate 93.
Restoration to the building has included fixing the granite foundation, repairing
the windows and doors, repairing the roof, and painting the ceiling. The Historical
Society has worked many years to restore the building to its original 1800s look but
has added the modern conveniences of running water, electricity, and insulation.
They want the building to be a way to bring the community together and to give visitors an opportunity to experience a typical 1800s school.
Other places of interest in the Danbury area include Rugged Mountain Ski and
Golf Resort, Bog Pond Dam, and Hope Forest. Notable Danbury area residents include inventor Francis Reed, Poet Laureate Donald Hall, and politician and lawyer
Amos L. Taylor.
Tina Rice and her husband Tim are in their seventeenth year of homeschooling and have six more to go.
Two of their children have graduated and are in college. They use an eclectic mix of Classical and relaxed
educational materials. When Tina is not teaching, she can be found reading, working on Homeschool Psych
business, or working in her home studio on a batch of tie dye. You can follow her blog at www.Tinas TieDye
. blogspot.com or visit her website: www.Tinas TieDye.com.
About the photographer: Bill Johnson has been involved with photography for more than forty years. His
artistic landscapes capture the spectacular New England countryside in all seasons, and many of his photographs
have been featured in a wide variety of publications such as textbooks, newspapers, post cards, calendars, and
numerous magazines. In 1984, Bill established Johnson’s Photography (603-744-2756), a stock photo business
specializing in New England images.
Did you know that you can submit a photograph of a school for cover consideration? Send us several
dead-centered photos with natural surroundings. The front or front/side view is best. If we select
your photo, we will need a 9 x 11 photo, negative, or digital image (300 dpi). If your photograph
is used, we will pay you $50 and feature your name as cover photographer. Send a digital image
of your photograph to
Publisher@TheHomeschoolMagazine.com. If you are unable to send
a digital image, mail your photograph and details about the school to Cover Photo Search, The
Old Schoolhouse Magazine, P.O. Box 8426, Gray, TN 37615. Be sure to include your name, email
address, and phone number.