The child should live in an environment of beauty.
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Schoolhouse marked its 25th anniversary in 2014 by moving into its permanent home, a 1768 homestead in West Keene. Surrounded by the natural beauty of ponds, meadows, and woodland, our own property is approximately 1.7 acres.
The Jesse Clark Homestead, a former tavern, is one of the historic houses in Keene. Many old period features remain, including an upstairs ballroom with a spring floor, arched ceiling, two fireplaces, “Indian shutters,” and built-in benches. The ballroom is now home to one of our preschool classrooms. All classrooms and our library have fireplaces.
We have a large, southeast facing indoor porch, which heats up even on those cold, snowy January days. This porch allows for gross motor play even when frozen temperatures prohibit outdoor time. We feel very lucky to be in such a beautiful and historic building.