Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Knock Knock

This schoolhouse in Durham is right behind the Sabbath Day House I went crazy for in February of 2013.

The 18th century school is now the home of the Durham Historical Society, whose website makes clear in what may be the most Connecticut-y sentence ever written that "The Durham Historical Society is not affiliated with the Durham Historic District Commission." Glad they cleared that up.

The first few times I saw this school, I basically ignored it. Though older than many others around the state, it was too big to really catch my attention the way the pocket-sized schools do. Plus I never want to spend too much time hanging around this area, because Durham (like Bethel) is a head-swivel town. You know that "You're not from here" head swivel. I don't know how they do it; I can't tell if someone's not from here unless they're, say, wearing a giant cowboy hat or trying to hail a cab in the middle of Pomfret.

Anyway, I should have paid more attention to this school earlier, because what it lacks in cuteness, it makes up for in doors.

I love the look of these double doors, crowded close together, painted red and adorned with stars.

And the flowers are a nice touch.

I also like that even the outbuilding gets a star. Not a big gold star, but a little honorable mention, consolation prize, at least you tried type of star.

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