The Bell Schoolhouse was erected in 1796 at what is now the junction of Bedford Street and Lakeside Avenue, and it is said to have been constructed for the purpose of a Baptist meetinghouse, though it is not clear how this tradition relates to the history of other nearby Baptist churches, particularly the Pond Meetinghouse which was constructed at the same time and not so very far distant. At any rate, "a bell was needed, so thought the parishioners at that time, so one was procured." A small cupola was constructed on the roof to house the bell following its arrival.
For a period, the building was occupied jointly by the church and the school, and the building's first pastor, Reverend Stephen S. Nelson also served as its first schoolmaster. Eventually, the church vacated the building which remained devoted strictly to educational uses until 1912.
In 1853, when Lakeville was "set off" from Middleborough, its school districts were renumbered, that at Assawompsett Neck becoming District 5. History records little concerning the scholars who attended the small one-room schoolhouse, and focuses instead upon the particular (and peculiar) amenities of the building: the bell outside, and a stove inside.