Upcoming Events

  • The Old Schoolhouse will be open on Sundays throughout the months of July and August.
  • Friday, July 11 at 1 pm to 3 pm, Quilting: Jean Larivee, ages 8 to 12.
  • Friday, July 11 at 6 pm, Presentation by Bob Barboza: Eldad Tupper, the Loyalist Who Betrayed Dartmouth in the Revolutionary War.
  • Monday, July 28 at 7 pm, Sampling Virtue by Charlotte Hamlin
  • Sunday, August 10 at 1 pm to 3 pm, Presentation by Virginia Greene, Ph.D: The Plummer Family of the Little River Road Area of Dartmouth. The presentation is at the Dartmouth Grange, 1133, Fisher Road, Dartmouth, MA.
  • Month of August: Exhibition of History and Culture of Dartmouth
  • The Village of Russells Mills will be celebrating the Dartmouth 350th Celebration on September 5-6.
  • Saturday, September 6 at 11:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Come Back in Time – Activities from the late 19th Century for young people including blacksmith Tom Lord, cast iron cooking with Skip Mull and food historian Paula Marcoux.


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).

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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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