126 Bradford Street

Central School House

The Central School House in 1905. [George W. Ferguson Collection / Provincetown History Preservation Project Page 5094

Text last updated on 20 August 2016 | The Central School House was one of three district schools built in 1844 — along with the Western and Eastern (still standing) — each to serve a three-grade cohort: primary, intermediate and grammar. Henry David Thoreau may have been referring to this building when he described a school house “filled with sand up to the tops of the desks.” Its site is now a parking lot.

¶ Republished on 19 September 2023.

126 Bradford Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

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