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Woody Hill School, District 1

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c. 1845. Woody Hill and Skunk Hill rds.
  • Woody Hill School, District 1 (John M. Miller)

Of all the one-room schoolhouses extant in Rhode Island, this may be the most endearing. Its petite scale—it is about as small as the typical gabled, clapboard type can get—makes it particularly poignant as a monument to vanished childhood. On the front are two transomed doors, slotlike in their narrowness, flanking the center window. Move back from the building and the two outhouses come into view, symmetrically disposed to either side of the schoolhouse, with doors echoing the narrowness of those in front. A tree trunk stripped of bark for a flagpole completes the symmetrical composition. So much dignity with such simple means! The schoolhouse faces a handsome farm with buildings ranging from a Federal-period house, through barns and outbuildings of the early twentieth century. Its setting is among the loveliest rural crossroads in the state.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Woody Hill School, District 1", [Exeter, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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