South Center District School House

South Center District School House

A beautiful, historic, and quaint old one-room schoolhouse resides in Canton Center, Connecticut. For nearly 100 years, this community jewel provided a bright, inviting context for children of various ages. Recently, the community and other interested parties have sought to revitalize the schoolhouse so that it can open its doors to a new generation and to new uses, including exhibits, art shows, children recitals and other engagements that can benefit from the wonderful natural light and charming setting. The schoolhouse was recently featured in a segment of Better Connecticut (see below). The revitalization project is nearing completion, but the schoolhouse is in need of a new roof. This webpage provides some additional details concerning the schoolhouse project, as well as how you can help to preserve and sustain this historic treasure.



Better Connecticut Segment on the School House

Scot Haney from WFSB 3 Connecticut takes us inside the 170-year-old "piece of history" to experience its charm and to meet three seniors who received four years of education in the charming building.



Inside the School House

Inside the School House

Significant progress has been made in revitalizing the schoolhouse, including general cleaning and painting. One significant task remains -- providing a new roof for the building. Please join us in contributing to this important community preservation project. The revitalization project for the schoolhouse is registered at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. You can make donations through CTHP at 940 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517.


Rose Window

The School House Revitalization Project is a great example of community members of all ages working together to prevent the loss of a great community asset and to lay the foundation for a sustainable preservation endeavor.


The South Central District School House is a charming building conveniently located in Cantor Center, Connecticut on Cherry Brook Road (Rt. 179) about one mile north of the Albany Turnpike (US 44). The location and building would be perfect for small-venue events, such as exhibits, small meetings, and small children's recitals. To inquire about availability in the future, contact William Borchert at 1848schoolhouse@gmail.com

School House From Store

Here is some additional information on the schoolhouse project: