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The exterior of the old Nunnery School on Nunnery Road as it looked in mid-August when owner Heather Bruno-Sears was in the middle of replacing the roof and windows. The roof is being done in an English cottage-style using ornamental Hemlock wood.

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Creating a ‘little piece of historic legacy’

Local decorative artist restores 19th century schoolhouse one warm weekend at a time

Heather Bruno-Sears found the bones of an oxen in her front yard, a 1902 Indian-head penny by her front doorstep, a handmade glass marble in the interior dirt under the window, and a 19th century cast-iron toy pull horse in her garden. She’s not a treasure hunter, an intense antiquer or a “pawn star,” but rather a lover of historic buildings who is restoring a circa 1814 one-room schoolhouse in Spafford one warm weekend at a time.


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