October 24 2019

Historic West School to be Open to Trick or Treaters on Halloween Night

By: Rich Hosford

Trick or… Treatise on the history of schooling in Burlington in the late 18th century? 

The Burlington Historical Society is opening Burlington’s historic West School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. They are also welcoming in little ghosts, monsters, princesses, superheroes and the like to spend a couple minutes learning about the old school building.

“It will be spooktacular, with witches, goblins and happy ghosts to invite you in,” the Historical Society said in an invite. “There will be cider and treats for all. Drop in while you are out trick or treating.”

The West School, located at 106 Bedford Street, is a one-room schoolhouse built in the years 1794 and 1795, when the area was still part of Woburn. The building was originally located in what is now Simonds Park in the center of Burlington, but was moved to its current location in 1839 to serve as the school for the western part of town. After serving for a time as a garage, the building was rehabilitated by the local historical society in 1964. Of four Woburn-built 18th century school buildings in Burlington, this is the only one to survive.


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