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The Downtown School is located on a beautiful four-acre property in the heart of downtown Manchester. We are right across the street from the brand new Manchester library, and our property backs up to the path to the Manchester Rec Park. At the rear of our property is a pond, perfect for science and environmental exploration. We have dramatic mountain views in every direction, allowing our students to develop their sense of place as they learn the relative positions and interrelationships of Mount Equinox, Owls Head, Mount Aeolus, Mother Myrick, and other local mountains. Our downtown location allows us the freedom to use the giant classroom of downtown Manchester easily and seamlessly every day. We can walk to many locations and businesses and explore our community at a slower and more detailed pace not possible when driving through.

Oliver Rice House
Oliver Rice House
The Oliver Rice house is home base for The Downtown School. This historic ca. 1768 building was rescued by Manchester’s own Peter Palmer, who, in 1976, moved it piece-by-piece to its current location. Through the years, the Rice House has been painstakingly restored down to the smallest detail, and serves as a true walk-through-time as teachers and students explore the history of our area. In the recent past, The Oliver Rice House and surrounding buildings served as the home of the Northshire Museum and History Center, and the location of the Manchester Farmers Market. The Oliver Rice House is featured in the June 2003 issue of Architectural Digest.  
Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmith Shop
Also on our property are two large, historic barns and a blacksmith shop, each with their own fascinating and carefully researched histories. Our outdoor space includes several large fields, a vegetable garden, asparagus beds, mature grape vines, a pond, several hills, and a variety of native trees and vegetation. Overall, the combination of historic buildings and breathtaking outdoor vistas creates an unrivaled landscape for learning for The Downtown School community.

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