Property Overview Inventory List District Map

Little Boston School

LHD boundaries as described are approximate and subject to change. Consult the LHD Study Report on file with the relevant local district commission or municipal authority to verify district boundaries and whether a specific property, particularly one in proximity of a boundary line, is within the district. Also note that LHD boundaries may differ from those of State or National Register Districts.

East Lyme
Year of Establishment:
Property Authority:
Historic Properties Commission
Link to Commission or Municipal Website:
Architectural Style:
Wood frame
18th Century

The Little Boston School House was founded in 1734 at the order of Governor Joseph Talcott, who wrote to Thomas Lee with instructions to set aside land to establish a school. Lee complied and the school was built on land 'halfway between the Thomas Lee House and the Quality Smith House'.

The school is usually considered the first district school between Boston and New York, and served the youth of a district called Little Boston because of its hopes to become a center of learning and culture. Samuel Comstock was the first headmaster. His son Jonatha, continued his education in Hartford and became a doctor of medicine. He was also a noted author. His most popular work was 'A System of Natural Philosophy'.

[1] Historic Property information retrieved from the town website
[2] Little Boston School, 230 West Main Street, East Lyme, Historic Resources Inventory, Norman B. Peck, Jr., 2007, SHPO Library, Hartford.
[3] Little Boston School, Study Report, SHPO Library, Hartford.
Assessors information retrieved from the website
GIS information retrieved from the town website [].

Date of Compilation:
Manjusha Patnaik, CT Trust for Historic Preservation