The first U.S. flag “floated” over a public school house was at Catamount Hills, Massachusetts, in 1812. Today a standing stone tablet marks where the little log school house stood on top of the hill, now on the edge of the Catamount Hills State Park. They were proud of their flag, the Loyalists of Colrain, Massachusetts, and engraved the stone with the names of the ladies who sewed it, and the men who put it up.
I like thinking about that flag, and what a great day it must have been when they raised it. I hope it wasn’t flown to tatters—I’d like to think it still exists somewhere, even if no one knows the history.