The Old Academy building on the Town Hall Green has been extensively renovated by the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in honor of the town's 375th anniversary this year. The building is toured by 3,000 school children each year, according to the DAR.

The renovation of the building, which is the headquarters of the 210-year-old DAR chapter in Fairfield, will be officially recognized in a ceremony and reception at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

"The upper floor school house has been completely redone and now features elegant mannequins of a teacher and three students dressed in 1840s-era period costumes that children and adults alike will find fascinating," said Cathy Tymniak, regent of the chapter. "This is the DAR's gift to the town to celebrate the 375th anniversary," she said. "It is ¦ testament to the town's history and enduring legacy of education and preservation."

The DAR started the project last spring. With new and old books, a library corner was set up in honor of Fairfield's first library which was in located in the academy. The organization also purchased schoolhouse items (1840s replicas), along with new mannequins dressed in period costumes. Pictures were also re-framed and hung.

The upstairs, kitchen, bathroom, hallway and stairway were painted in colonial colors and the kitchen was outfitted with new equipment.

The public is invited to the rededication ceremony and reception.

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