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Franklin School Committee chairman Jeffrey N. Roy calls the Brick School the oldest continuously operated one-room brick schoolhouse in America.

Age-old dispute

Across New England, where families trace their roots to the Mayflower, no distinction is too minor to stake a claim on history. But the boasts, for all their romantic appeal, can lead to mix-ups, rivalries, and battles over who came first.

By Michael Levenson
Globe Staff / July 1, 2007

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Diners at Union Oyster House have probably seen cocktail napkins and placemats advertising the restaurant as America's oldest, "est. 1826." Visitors to Harvard Yard have likely seen a tour guide point to the ivy-covered buildings of America's oldest university. They are icons; their names conjure up images of men in tricornered hats. (Full article: 763 words)

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