District No. 2 Schoolhouse

The District No. 2 Schoolhouse, also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse, is a historic one-room schoolhouse at 2851 Wakefield Road in Wakefield, New Hampshire. Built in 1858–59, it was at the time one of the finest district schoolhouses in rural New Hampshire. It was used as a school until 1941, and now houses the museum of the local historical society. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

District No. 2 Schoolhouse
1858 Schoolhouse, Wakefield NH.jpg
District No. 2 Schoolhouse is located in New Hampshire
District No. 2 Schoolhouse
District No. 2 Schoolhouse is located in the United States
District No. 2 Schoolhouse
Location2851 Wakefield Rd., Wakefield, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°34′23″N 71°1′58″W / 43.57306°N 71.03278°W / 43.57306; -71.03278Coordinates: 43°34′23″N 71°1′58″W / 43.57306°N 71.03278°W / 43.57306; -71.03278
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1858 (1858)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Federal
Part ofWakefield Village Historic District (ID84002521)
NRHP reference No.80000270[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 3, 1980
Designated CPMarch 15, 1984

Description and historyEdit

The former District No. 2 Schoolhouse stands near the northern end of the elongated village of Wakefield, on the southwest side of Wakefield Road a short way south of its junction with East Side Road. It is a 1+12-story brick structure, with a gabled roof and granite foundation. Its corners have brick pilasters, which rise to entablatures running along the sides. The main entrance is set in a round-arch opening, and there is a half-round opening in the gable end, filled with a wooden panel marked with the year of construction, 1858. A single-story wood-frame ell extends to the rear. The property includes a privy and a fully outfitted 19th-century cobbler's shop.[2]

The school was built in 1858, after the previous school was destroyed by fire. Apparently as a consequence of that fire, the town decided to rebuild in brick, creating what was then noted as one of the finest district schools in the region. It was used as a public school building until 1941. In 1950 the town leased the building to the Wakefield-Brookfield Historical Society, which purchased it outright in 1956. It now serves as a museum and meeting space for the society.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for District No. 2 Schoolhouse". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-05-10.