FINANCIAL RECORDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRICK SCHOOLHOUSE ON MONUMENT SQUARE, CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS, 1820
Vault A5, Unit A19
EXTENT: 51 items
ORGANIZATION: In two series. SERIES I: Summary statements, 1820; SERIES II: Receipted bills, 1820. The series Receipted bills is arranged alphabetically by last name of parties providing materials or services.
HISTORY: Located in Monument Square, in the Centre District of the public school system of Concord, Massachusetts, the brick schoolhouse was built in 1820 to replace a wooden predecessor, which burned on December 31, 1819. Requiring meeting space and hoping to use the new brick school building for the purpose, the Freemasons took an active interest in its construction. The school, sometimes called “Town School,” was on the first floor, the Freemasons’ meeting hall on the second. The school served as a grammar school and a forerunner of the town high school. Henry David Thoreau briefly taught at it in 1837 but—unwilling to administer corporal punishment—quickly resigned. The building was converted into a fire house in 1851. It is still standing today as Masonic Hall.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection contains summary accounts and receipted bills (all dated 1820) for materials and services procured by the Town of Concord in building the brick school building on Monument Square. The original wrapper for the accounts and receipts is included in the collection.
PROCESSED BY: Michelle Shea; finding aid completed March 25, 2008.
SERIES I: SUMMARY STATEMENTS, 1820:
Summary statements, 1820
SERIES II: RECEIPTED BILLS, 1820:
Wood, Bradlee (Bradly) & Co.
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Mounted 26th March 2008. rcwh.