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Schoolhouse open house on tap

Updated 5:34 pm, Sunday, December 22, 2013
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A historic one-room schoolhouse on the Widmark Preserve at the corner of Tophet and Schoolhouse roads in Roxbury will be open to the public Dec. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Apple cider will be served at the free open house.

"Young and old alike will enjoy a glimpse into this historic one-room school," said Susan Payne, executive director of the Roxbury Land Trust, which owns the schoolhouse. "We encourage people to come out during the holidays and discover local history."

One of eight schoolhouses that once dotted the Roxbury landscape, the Good Hill School House, or No. 4 as it was known on local tax assessor's records, was built in the 1800s with a fieldstone foundation and rustic wooden planks, likely by local farmers. It served students until the turn of the 20th century, when all Roxbury students began attending Booth Free School, the town's current elementary school.

For more information, visit www.roxburylandtrust.org or call 860-350-4148.