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Historic West School to be Open for Trick-or-Treaters

Get some history along with your candy this Halloween.

The Burlington Historical Society is opening Burlington’s historic West School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Halloween night to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Everyone is welcome to spend a few minutes and experience what it was like to attend school in a one-room schoolhouse 125 years ago. There will be cider and munchkins, in addition to candy.

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, according to Wikipedia. The building was originally located in what is now Simonds Park in the center of Burlington, but was moved to its present 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.