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No. 13: Old School House, River Street
Postcard #13

Photograph of Old School House, River Street. Published in Official Program, Dorchester Day, Saturday, June 7th, 1913.

 In 1803 John Capen, Jr., gave the land on River Street to build a school-house. This earlier building was replaced by the Stoughton School in 1855; the original was sold to John Preston for $125 in behalf of Mr. Crehore and was moved next door to Mr. Crehore's land and made into a store. The new building allowed the Stoughton and Neponset Schools to unite under one roof with the name of the Washington School. Later the school returned to its original name in honor of Gov. William Stoughton, Dorchester's most prominent citizen of the latter half of the seventeenth century. The Stoughton School is the only surviving school-house from among those built in the 1850s and 1860s and the oldest surviving wooden school-house in Dorchester. The Stoughton School was later owned by the Knights of Columbus and most recently by Stop & Shop whose rival Shaws opened a supermarket in 2003 on an adjacent property.
Map: Scan from 1889 Bromley Atlas, plate 29.
Modern image: Digital photograph of Knights of Columbus Hall River Street Summer 2002.
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Created: November 30, 2003   Modified: November 30, 2003