This year, more than 500 second-graders from Brentwood elementary schools will step back in time for “A Day in 1845,” an educational program developed by the Brentwood Historic Commission. “A Day in 1845″ is taught by retired teachers and includes penmanship, arithmetic (using slates and slate pencils), reading from the McGuffey Reader, reciting of maxims, history, and a spelling bee.

The program utilizes The Boiling Spring Academy, a restored, one-room schoolhouse built in 1832 along Moores Lane, and preserved within Primm Historic Park.

“It really is a neat opportunity for a child to sit in a classroom, built in 1832, with no distractions and learn like children did back so many years ago,” Historic Commission member and community volunteer Carole Crigger said. “They just don’t get this experience in many places today.”

Crigger has been helping coordinate this education program for 13 years and is excited to teach the children.

More than 20 educational field trips are scheduled with schools throughout the months of April and May.

Anyone can visit the Boiling Spring Academy on each third Sunday of the month through October from 2-4 p.m. May 19 is the next open house.

Primm Historic Park contains some of the most important historical and cultural resources in Tennessee, as Native Americans lived and left mounds as relics of the Mississippian Period. In 2003, the Primm family donated the two acres around the academy to the City of Brentwood. The city later obtained additional acres around the academy and mounds to buffer the site from future development.

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