Sudbury's Schools

Hello people of Sudbury! I have a wonder to show you, so if you want to hear it, then please listen up. So, have you ever heard that there were five schools in Sudbury? The schools names are the Willowbrook School, Hill School, Burr Pond School, Webster School and last but not least, the North School. Let me tell you about them! 

The Willowbrook is the only one that is gone, but it was located on the northwest corner of Burr Pond and Willowbrook Road. The Burr Pond School is on East Burr Pond Road and now is my friend’s house. The Hill School, built in 1829, is south of Sudbury village on the corner of Route 30 where Route 73 turns west to Orwell. It is owned by the town of Sudbury. The North School, built in 1839, is located on the North side of Route 73 east towards Brandon. Now it is a home too. The Webster School is on the north side of the Vail Road. The schoolhouse is now the center of the Rocky Knoll Farm building with the cupola.

You should also know that in 1880 the population was 562 adults and 155 students. Isn’t that huge? Now most of all the schools are gone, like the Burr Pond school because now it is my friends house. Now there are about 560 people in Sudbury and only about 30 students. Another thing that is crazy is that before the 1950’s you would have to go down to school and bring a water bucket and start the fires at 5am. That’s really early!

Life at these school was different. It was tough at times because there was no indoor plumbing. That means that you would have to go to the bathroom outside. Also, you you would have to bring water and start the fires at 5:oo am. The last thing is there were no buses, so you would have to walk to school or get a ride. One of the first buses for Sudbury Students was the “Sudbury Special”, which the town bought to transport kids in 1976.

These schools are a wonder of Sudbury because four of them are still standing and now there is a new school in Sudbury called Sudbury’s Country School. A lots of kids went to these schools and probably have stories to tell.

By: Evan Thomas