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Sandy Pond School Hosts a Step Back in Time to Celebrate its150th Anniversary

Sandy Pond School Association will hold a special Open House to celebrate the schoolhouse’s 150th anniversary and give attendees a first look at the results of the recent restoration and preservation work on Ayer’s oldest public building. This free community-wide event will be held at the schoolhouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
     Tours of the renovated schoolhouse, talks on local history, games and activities for children, and live music will encourage attendees to take “A Step Back in Time”. Free coffee and baked goods will be available, and live music will be provided by Traditional Brew (http://traditionalbrew.com/), a versatile, Westford-based band known for their eclectic, upbeat, blend of traditional tunes and songs.
     Located at 150 Sandy Pond Road in Ayer, the historic single room school known today as Sandy Pond School was originally constructed in 1869 by the Town of Groton as the District #11 School. When Ayer separated from Groton in 1871, it became part of the new Ayer school system. From 1869 through 1906, when it was closed as a school, it served students from the area surrounding the junction of Westford, Sandy Pond, and Willow Roads, which remains its current location.
For more information on the Sandy Pond School Association: http://www.sandypondschoolhouse.com/
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