Horrors of the One-Room Schoolhouse at The Miller-Cory House Museum

Horrors of the Old Fashioned One Room Schoolhouse at Miller Cory House Museum

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September is back to school time! Even though the sight of backpacks and the school bus may bring unhappy faces, parents can tell their children that, compared to the schools of long ago, today’s are not bad at all! The image of a cozy one-room schoolhouse, filled with neat rows of desks and a young sweet schoolmarm, is merely fiction. One-room schools of yesteryear were more likely to be filled with practices that sound horrifying to modern ears.

Learn what it was really like to go to public school over 275 years ago! Children may try their hand at a penmanship lesson using a quill pen. The program includes tours of the fully restored, c1740 farmhouse, as well as open-hearth cooking demonstrations featuring period techniques and recipes.

Stop by the Miller-Cory House Museum on Sunday, September 17 from 2 to 4 pm. The museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield, NJ. Admission is $4 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3–12; and free age 2 and younger. No reservations are necessary. For more information, please call the museum at 908.232.1776 or send them an email.