Upcoming Events

One more Sunday! September 21st 

Dartmouth: Experience Your Heritage

enjoy a simple exhibit with a simple message in a simple setting celebrating a simpler time – The Schoolhouse will be open from 1 – 4 pm

Monday, September 22nd – 7 pm book signing and talk –
Robert Barboza – Patriots of Old Dartmouth



sun_schoolIn the early 1800s, Russells Mills became the center of the region and continued to
grow throughout the century with mills, carriage makers, taverns, schools, stores, churches, a stagecoach stop and more. In this area of great activity, homes were built and families were in need of a place to educate their children.

In 1871, a schoolhouse was built in the center of the village.  Greek Revival in style, it served as an elementary school and high school. The old schoolhouse closed in 1914 when a new school was built to accommodate an ever-increasing population. In 1916, the Russells Mills Library opened its doors in the former schoolhouse; it served the town until it closed in 2007. Today, the old schoolhouse serves as the home of the Dartmouth Historical & Arts Society, Inc. (DHAS).

Learn More about the 1871 Schoolhouse »

Our mission is to support, promote, preserve, and disseminate the historic and cultural diversity of our town, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Please join us as we strive to:

  • Conserve, document, and teach the history of Dartmouth
  • Preserve and rehabilitate the 1871 Schoolhouse (the former Russells Mills Library)
  • Provide living history programs for children and adults about the 1871 Schoolhouse and Russells Mills Village
  • Sponsor and promote exhibitions, including those of art and history
  • Sponsor and host meetings, programs in the visual and performing arts, and various interest groups in our community

The Dartmouth Historical & Arts Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Donations to DHAS are tax deductible as allowed by law.


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