Brewster Free Academy was named for Mr. John Brewster, by whose bequest it was liberally endowed. It continues the life of the Wolfeborough and Tuftonborough Academy, which was chartered in 1820, and which maintained its corporate existence until its charter was amended and its name changed in 1887 in accordance with the will of Mr. Brewster, which stipulated that the name "be changed, and thereafter continue to be that of the Brewster Free 'School' or 'Academy.' " The will further required that "no restriction (shall) be placed upon any person desiring to attend and receive instruction from said school or academy on account of his or her age, sex or color, provided only he or she is of good moral character," and that instruction in the academy should be "as nearly as possible free."
Under the amended charter the academy is governed by a board of trustees, of which board the principal of the academy and three trustees of the estate of John Brewster are ex-officio members.
Following the instructions of the will of John Brewster, the trustees secured for a campus a particularly suitable tract of land, comprising more than forty acres, sloping gradually to Lake Winnipesaukee, with a shore frontage of half a mile. No more beautiful situation could be found in New Hampshire. Upon this campus a building of the English collegiate type was erected in 1887.
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