Hiram Historical Society's summer program is a winner - even we didn't know history could be this much fun! And this time we’re doing it for a local cause: saving Ridlon School, Hiram’s oldest educational building, from demolition.
Please come and bring family and friends to see a medley of videos in our archives - a trip down memory lane with a few laughs. Also shown is our new map tour of Hiram's historic houses, which includes "voices" of a few of their owners. The audience will be buzzing with stories during intermission, over sweet and savory refreshments. This event takes place Saturday Aug 12, 2023 at 1:30 P.M. at Great Ossipee Museum, located at 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram, Maine.
Why does the Ridlon School matter? The old schoolhouse building has stood for over 200 years, being built in 1819–before the State of Maine was founded. It served the children of Hiram and surrounding communities for nearly a century, before closing its doors in the 1910s. The building, which served as a private residence from that time up until the early 1990s, has been professionally inspected and has been found to be in good condition. However, it must be moved by March 31st 2024—and it can be successfully moved! The Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds in South Hiram has expressed a serious interest in housing and maintaining it on its own property as an educational resource and we are exploring options and details. After being moved to the Fairgrounds, the old school will find new life as an interactive educational center.
Saturday Aug 12, 2023 at 1:30 P.M. at Great Ossipee Museum 20 Historical Ridge, Hiram, ME 04041
A view of the Ridlon School at its current location on Route 160 in Hiram, just north of Kezar Falls