In fact, Whittier earned money making women’s slippers in the little building.
“He sold them for eight cents a pair and earned money so he could attend Haverhill Academy,” Reusch said. “He was a member of the academy’s first class.”
The academy was located in the Whittier Building at 87 Winter St., which is now the Haverhill YMCA’s Children’s Learning Center.
The trustees are thrilled with the work Whittier students did on the carriage house. More work still needs to be done, including installing ceiling lights and ceiling panels.
“They’re doing a nice job,” Hamilton said. “We’re very, very happy. It’s great to get people in the community to help maintain the house.”
The historic home, which is 325 years old this year, is at 305 Whittier Road, just off Route 110, and is about two miles from Whittier Regional High on Amesbury Line Road.