Schoolhouse Number 3
8 East Main Street
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Schoolhouse Number 3. Photo by Nora Oakes Howard (click image to enlarge).
Built in 1823, this one room schoolhouse was originally located in West Avon and used until 1949. When it was threatened with demolition in 1981 to make room for the new town library, the Society and others funded its dismantling, relocation, and restoration to its current location, the site of the former town hall. This building is currently closed to the public pending the next phase of its restoration. We are actively liaising with the Town of Avon and other potential benefactors to undertake major building works in 2018-19 including the replacement of windows, repairs to address wood rot and to paint it in anticipation of a re-opening in 2023 for its 200th birthday.
At that time we plan to display Native American artifacts, textiles, signs, farm implements and many more items from the early days of Avon’s agrarian settlement. The site also houses drawings from the 1840’s showing the architectural renderings of the Farmington Canal as well as a topographical diorama of the canal through Avon showing the exact specifications of how it was built in town. The Farmington Canal operated from 1835-1847 and crossed the Albany Turnpike at this very site. In 2012 two plaques showing the crossing location are next to the schoolhouse and across E. Main Street (Route 44) at the entrance of the current daCapo’s restaurant.
In the interim the building currently serves as the headquarters and archival storage for the Society. Please call the Avon Historical Society at the number below if you are interested in donating resources to help us expedite the restoration of this significant old building in the heart of our town. We have a vision but we need your help: it will be wonderful to open our doors again at this central location.