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Property Name Bournedale Village School
Reference Number 13000037
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Town Bourne
Street Address 29 Herring Pond Road, Bourne, Massachusetts
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/27/2013
Areas of Significance
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The Boumedale Village School possesses significance at the local level under National Register Criteria A and C in the areas of Education and Architecture. The period of significance begins in 1897, when the building was constructed and ends in 1962, the current 50-year cutoff date for National Register eligibility. Under Criterion A, the building possesses significance for its association with the early development of Bourne's public education system. It was constructed in 1897 to replace an earlier schoolhouse on the site, and served as a school for grades one through eight until its closing in 1925. Built toward the end of the district school era in the Cape Cod region, it is one of the few remaining single-story, one-room primary schools that were constructed in substantial numbers in districts throughout the area during the 19th century. The building also possesses significance under Criterion A in the area of social history for its use as a community meeting space. Since the school was closed, the building has been maintained as a community meeting hall by the Boumedale Civic Association. Under Criterion C, the building is a rare surviving example of the type of one-room schoolhouse that typified early school development in rural areas before the advent of consolidated schools in the early 20th century


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