The History of Public Education in Connecticut
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APPENDIX II Description of an Early New England School
The building is of stone, 60 feet in length, by 40 in breadth; and two stories high, exclusive of a basement story. Each of these is divided into several apartments for different classes, recitation, &c. A part of the basement story is used as a wood room. Above the second story is a garret, which, in the warm season, is sometimes occupied by the pupils, both for study and recitation. A small cupula is furnished with a bell to summon the school together. There are several out-houses in the rear of the establishment, enclosed by a wall; and the yard, which is about four rods square, is separated into two portions, for each of the two sexes. These yards are the only play grounds allowed them; but from their size and other obvious reasons, are not well adapted to the purpose. Within these walls is a well of good water, furnished with a pump, and other conveniences.