“School is out of session” is usually something students look forward to, but in the case of the Dry Mills Schoolhouse, it is a year-round situation. The Dry Mills Schoolhouse, located adjacent to the Maine Wildlife Park’s campus in Gray, is a historic building dating back to 1857 which offers visitors a trip back in history with old photographs, hands-on items and period books. Unfortunately, the historic venue was closed in Sept. 2015 due to safety concerns. The restored one-room schoolhouse requires a new floor system before it can re-open and the estimated cost is approximately $60,000. The Town of Gray designated $30,000 in funds for the repair in the 2017-18 budget. The Dry Mills Schoolhouse Committee is now kicking off a new capital fundraising campaign to try to close the gap!
Information about the Dry Mills Schoolhouse and the campaign will be handed out at the Newbegin Gym on Election day, Tuesday, Nov 7th and a larger kick-off effort is planned for Saturday, Nov 11th from 10:30am-2pm at the Maine Wildlife Park.
Please be on the look-out for the DMS information tables and stop by. Residents will see new donation canisters around at area businesses as well. For more information on how you can help, please contact Jenn Dupuis via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This valuable Gray historic gem needs the Community’s help to reopen and achieve its mission: Preservation of our Past and Pathway to our Future.