Our History

A legacy of learning.


About the Site

The land on which the Merrimack PTA Kindergarten and Preschool now resides was once the home of the McGaw Normal Institute, a teaching college formed in the late 19th century. After the institute closed, it was re-purposed for educational use as the town’s high school until it was ultimately replaced by what is now Mastricola Upper Elementary School on Baboosic Lake Road.


About the Building

Like the land, the building that houses Merrimack PTA Kindergarten and Preschool had a previous life in education. Modern education was turning its back on the notion of one-room school houses and moving to the large, less intimate schools we know today. When the McGaw Institute came down, the town of Merrimack currently had twelve one-room school houses and very little use for them. The school house was moved here and we sure are glad to have it. We think you’ll agree that our little school house has character and charm you just can’t find anywhere else.