This past September 14, over 100 enthusiastic fans & followers of Sandy Pond School gathered to celebrate its 150th birthday at a special Open House. Featuring a birthday cake, free food, speakers, activities for children, tours of the renovated classroom, and live music by Traditional Brew of Westford known for their eclectic blend of upbeat traditional tunes and songs, this event offered a unique opportunity to see the school, learn a bit more about its important role in Ayer's history, and have a little fun.
Welcome to the home of the Sandy Pond School Association. Constructed in 1869 by the Town of Groton , Sandy Pond Schoolhouse was originally known as Groton's District #11 School. Following Ayer's separation from Groton in February 1871, it became part of the new Ayer school system. Listed on the National Register of Historic, Sandy Pond Schoolhouse is today Ayer's oldest public building, some two years older than Ayer itself.
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Sandy Pond School Association A 501(c)3 organization
Following the closing of Sandy Pond School in 1906, it was acquired by SPSA. On December 22, 1908, the Town of Ayer officially conveyed the property to the newly formed Association for the price of $1.00. The founding members of SPSA were local residents, most of whom had also attended Sandy Pond School. Their goal was to preserve the school and make use of it for reunions and community events. The first Sandy Pond School Annual Reunion took place on June 27, 1908.
While alumni of Sandy Pond School are a scarce commodity in 2020, SPSA endures. It has now owned, maintained, and preserved Ayer's historic Sandy Pond Schoolhouse for over 110 years. The volunteers who comprise today’s Association share their predecessors’ commitment to preserving this unique little building. Today's SPSA seeks not only to preserve the building but to enhance Sandy Pond Schoolhouse's role as a piece of living history and cultural resource that is open to the community now and for generations to come.
Attendees were also able to see first hand the new classroom ceiling, interior and exterior paint, and extensive repairs to the masonry and foundation, recently completed work that represents an essential first step in SPSA's long-term plan to preserve and restore this historic property. For a video of the opening ceremonies on September 14, please click here.