The Appleton Schoolhouse, 55 Waldingfield Rd. (before 1832)

Waldingfield Schoolhouse Ipswich MA

The former Appleton  Schoolhouse sits at 55 Waldingfield Rd.

Arthur Lord wrote about attending the grammar school as a child in his “Recollections of a New England Boyhood 1886-1908. “I first attended, for three years, the one-room Appleton School, about a mile from home on Waldingfield Road. The road climbed a high hill, then descended precipitously to the railroad track, and continued through low woods where pink lady slippers grew. The crossing was dangerous – it was hard to halt a loaded wagon on that steep grade – so the railroad company stationed one of its older employees there in a little cabin. When a train was due, he appeared with a flag by day or a lantern by night. He also seemed to appear whenever I passed by and we soon became friends.”

1834 Ipswich map, closeup of Waldingfield and County Rds.

The 1832 Ipswich map shows the location of the Appleton School.

Map prepared by Arthur Lord of Waldingfield Rd. during his childhood shows the Appleton School across the street from its present location.