The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse The Sydenstricker School (aka The Pohick School #8), was built in 1928 (to replace an earlier schoolhouse that had burned), and closed in 1939.

The Upper Pohick Community League (UPCL) is descended from the Sydenstricker School & Community League, which organized around 1900 and was the original “PTA” of the one‐room Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (formally known as Pohick School #8). The school, which taught grades kindergarten through 7th grade, was the social and educational center of our community from about 1898 (when the schoolhouse was

The Upper Pohick Community League (UPCL) is descended from the Sydenstricker School & Community League, which organized around 1900 and was the original “PTA” of the one‐room Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (formally known as Pohick School #8). The school, which taught grades kindergarten through 7th grade, was the social and educational center of our community from about 1898 (when the schoolhouse was

Operating as usual

Another day, another desk!  Look at this  beauty (the one with the green apple on it), gifted to the schoolhouse by a me...
09/12/2021

Another day, another desk! Look at this beauty (the one with the green apple on it), gifted to the schoolhouse by a member of our generous community this morning. We have QUITE the amazing collection of schoolhouse desks! Come visit! We love to show them off!

RSVP now for the upcoming performance of the Difficult Run String Band at the schoolhouse, Friday evening, September 24t...
09/05/2021
Acoustic Bluegrass Music, Difficult Run Stringband, Northern Virginia

RSVP now for the upcoming performance of the Difficult Run String Band at the schoolhouse, Friday evening, September 24th! Click on this link to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8x8g3-wo6vcS0pEYahLL7tYv3DfJJjngzUEmU4maoCBAqDg/viewform

We hope to see you at the schoolhouse for an evening of old-fashioned fun, just like the good old days!

Information about the Difficult Run Stringband, including performance dates, songs and tunes, and contact information.

Good, peaceful morning!  ❤️
08/22/2021

Good, peaceful morning! ❤️

Good, peaceful morning! ❤️

Did you know that for the first time ever this summer we had an INTERN at the schoolhouse?  We were contacted by a lovel...
08/22/2021

Did you know that for the first time ever this summer we had an INTERN at the schoolhouse? We were contacted by a lovely horticulture student from Northern Virginia Community College, who offered to help us establish a pollinator garden, and develop a long-term landscaping plan for the schoolhouse grounds. She spent over 80 hours this summer planting native species (all donated by our generous community and local nurseries), watering and weeding. We are so excited to see the garden continue to grow and mature over the coming years! If you're interested in getting involved in our garden project, please let us know! ❤

Did you know that for the first time ever this summer we had an INTERN at the schoolhouse? We were contacted by a lovely horticulture student from Northern Virginia Community College, who offered to help us establish a pollinator garden, and develop a long-term landscaping plan for the schoolhouse grounds. She spent over 80 hours this summer planting native species (all donated by our generous community and local nurseries), watering and weeding. We are so excited to see the garden continue to grow and mature over the coming years! If you're interested in getting involved in our garden project, please let us know! ❤

This morning we hung this beautiful map of Virginia, dated 1928, the same year our schoolhouse was built!  It's a perfec...
08/13/2021

This morning we hung this beautiful map of Virginia, dated 1928, the same year our schoolhouse was built! It's a perfect addition to our wonderful collection, and it will be a helpful educational tool for our visitors. We are so grateful for these amazing donations from members of our incredible community, which help us tell the story of the schoolhouse. ❤

This morning we hung this beautiful map of Virginia, dated 1928, the same year our schoolhouse was built! It's a perfect addition to our wonderful collection, and it will be a helpful educational tool for our visitors. We are so grateful for these amazing donations from members of our incredible community, which help us tell the story of the schoolhouse. ❤

We are open today!  10 am - 2 pm. Please stop by and say hi!!
08/07/2021

We are open today! 10 am - 2 pm. Please stop by and say hi!!

07/11/2021

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Today!  Please stop by!  ❤️
06/05/2021

Today! Please stop by! ❤️

Very excited for our Open (school) House, next Saturday, June 5th, 10 AM - 2 PM.  Enjoy a special exhibit "Figures of Bu...
05/29/2021

Very excited for our Open (school) House, next Saturday, June 5th, 10 AM - 2 PM. Enjoy a special exhibit "Figures of Burke", organized by our friends at the Burke Historical Society. Going forward, we hope to be able to partner with other local organizations and schools to host small exhibits (like this one) at the schoolhouse for the entire community to enjoy. We hope to see you next Saturday!

Look who's back!!  ❤  (And Papa Dove was hanging around very close-by, and was NOT happy about us being there!)
05/29/2021

Look who's back!! ❤ (And Papa Dove was hanging around very close-by, and was NOT happy about us being there!)

Look who's back!! ❤ (And Papa Dove was hanging around very close-by, and was NOT happy about us being there!)

We are so pleased to partner with our friends at the Burke Historical Society to present a very special exhibit, "Figure...
05/26/2021

We are so pleased to partner with our friends at the Burke Historical Society to present a very special exhibit, "Figures of Burke History" at our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10 AM – 2 PM!

See the historic schoolhouse, and learn about the people who helped create the community we live in today. You'll gain a fuller appreciation of the sleepy rural community that evolved into the busy, diverse area that we now call home.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help us continue our educational outreach programs to the community, and to restore, preserve and protect this important piece of Fairfax County history.

We are so pleased to partner with our friends at the Burke Historical Society to present a very special exhibit, "Figures of Burke History" at our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10 AM – 2 PM!

See the historic schoolhouse, and learn about the people who helped create the community we live in today. You'll gain a fuller appreciation of the sleepy rural community that evolved into the busy, diverse area that we now call home.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help us continue our educational outreach programs to the community, and to restore, preserve and protect this important piece of Fairfax County history.

Film crew at the schoolhouse today taking some detail shots for a project (for another organization).  Did you know that...
05/20/2021

Film crew at the schoolhouse today taking some detail shots for a project (for another organization). Did you know that we are often contacted by people looking for a historic schoolhouse for a film or photography project? Apparently we're a local "top hit" on Google!

Film crew at the schoolhouse today taking some detail shots for a project (for another organization). Did you know that we are often contacted by people looking for a historic schoolhouse for a film or photography project? Apparently we're a local "top hit" on Google!

05/08/2021

Happy Mother's Day Weekend to all of our mothers... to the ones who are here, and to those who have gone on ahead of us. ❤

Childhood’s far days were full of joy,
So merry and bright and gay,
On sunny wings of happiness,
Swiftly they flew away.
But oh! By far the sweetest hour,
Of all the whole day long,
Was the slumber hour at twilight
And my mother’s voice in song—
“Hush my babe, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed,
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently resting on thy head.”

Tho our days are filled with gladness,
Joys of life like sunshine fall,
Still life’s slumber hour at twilight
May be sweetest of them all.
And when to realms of boundless peace,
I am waiting to depart
Then my Mother’s song at twilight
Will make music in my heart.
“Hush, my babe, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed.”—
And I’ll fall asleep so sweetly,
Mother’s blessings on my head.

- Laura Ingalls Wilder (September 1, 1921)
(Printed in The Missouri Realist, a twice-monthly Missouri farm periodical published in St. Louis, edited by John Francis Case. Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of its regular contributors from 1911 to 1925. )

Wonderful open house and quilt show at the schoolhouse today!  We were delighted that so many people stopped by to see t...
05/02/2021

Wonderful open house and quilt show at the schoolhouse today! We were delighted that so many people stopped by to see the schoolhouse and these amazing works of art. Stay tuned for more great events coming soon at the little red schoolhouse! ❤️

04/30/2021

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Please join us this Saturday, May 1st for our monthly FIRST SATURDAY OPEN(school)HOUSE, featuring a special display of a...
04/28/2021

Please join us this Saturday, May 1st for our monthly FIRST SATURDAY OPEN(school)HOUSE, featuring a special display of antique and vintage quilts. Stop by 10 AM - 2 PM to see the schoolhouse and these beautiful quilts (like this one, dated 1928 the same year the schoolhouse was built). Masks and social distancing required. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help us continue our preservation and educational programs at the schoolhouse. See you Saturday! ❤

Please join us this Saturday, May 1st for our monthly FIRST SATURDAY OPEN(school)HOUSE, featuring a special display of antique and vintage quilts. Stop by 10 AM - 2 PM to see the schoolhouse and these beautiful quilts (like this one, dated 1928 the same year the schoolhouse was built). Masks and social distancing required. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help us continue our preservation and educational programs at the schoolhouse. See you Saturday! ❤

Baby dove update!  We have 2!!  ❤️❤️
04/25/2021

Baby dove update! We have 2!! ❤️❤️

Baby dove update! We have 2!! ❤️❤️

We have a baby!!  ❤️ Correction:  BABIES!
04/24/2021

We have a baby!! ❤️ Correction: BABIES!

We have a baby!! ❤️ Correction: BABIES!

There's something for everyone at the schoolhouse, including this beautiful little dove who has decided that the awning ...
04/18/2021

There's something for everyone at the schoolhouse, including this beautiful little dove who has decided that the awning over the front door makes a perfect place to raise her family. ❤

There's something for everyone at the schoolhouse, including this beautiful little dove who has decided that the awning over the front door makes a perfect place to raise her family. ❤

If you've been to the schoolhouse, you've seen our incredible and varied collection of old desks, ALL donated to us by m...
04/01/2021

If you've been to the schoolhouse, you've seen our incredible and varied collection of old desks, ALL donated to us by members of our generous community. (We have become a school desk orphanage!) Just this week, this beautiful desk was donated, which is the exact desk shown in an early 20th century advertisement that we have displayed at the schoolhouse. Can you spot it?

The history of the school desk is quite interesting. In the 1880s, John Loughlin invented the first specialized school desk which was sold through the widely popular Sears & Roebuck catalog. Known as the “Fashion Desk”, the name was a result of a popular media campaign. The United States enacted public school laws around this time which contributed to the huge success of this style.

In the 1920s, education evolved from writing on slate and sharing primers to writing on paper and owning textbooks. Children needed a place to stash papers and books, so the school desk design evolved to include cubby holes, small shelves or liftable lids. This style continued well into the 1960s when manufacturers began to prefer steel and chrome to more expensive wood and iron designs.

Make sure to stop by the schoolhouse to see our incredible collection, and learn more about the wonderful one-room schoolhouse experience!

Good morning!  ❤️
03/30/2021

Good morning! ❤️

Good morning! ❤️

Three years ago today!  ❤️
03/21/2021

Three years ago today! ❤️

Three years ago today! ❤️

Please stop by our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE, this Saturday, March 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM. See the schoolhous...
03/03/2021

Please stop by our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE, this Saturday, March 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM. See the schoolhouse and learn about the interesting history of this charming little building which was once at the heart of our community. Get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you Saturday! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤ (Photo courtesy of Lovestruck Images)

Please stop by our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE, this Saturday, March 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM. See the schoolhouse and learn about the interesting history of this charming little building which was once at the heart of our community. Get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you Saturday! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤ (Photo courtesy of Lovestruck Images)

Everybody loves the schoolhouse!!!  ❤️
03/01/2021

Everybody loves the schoolhouse!!! ❤️

Everybody loves the schoolhouse!!! ❤️

GOOD morning. ❤️
02/24/2021

GOOD morning. ❤️

GOOD morning. ❤️

Thank you to our esteemed Fairfax County History Commissioner, Lynne Garvey-Hodge, for sharing this wonderful article.  ...
02/12/2021
Remote learning isn't new: Radio instruction in the 1937 polio epidemic

Thank you to our esteemed Fairfax County History Commissioner, Lynne Garvey-Hodge, for sharing this wonderful article. The more things change, the more things stay the same. We learn to be resourceful in difficult times. ❤

This isn't the first time America's schoolchildren have studied remotely – and Chicago's 1937 'radio school' experiment shows how technology can fill the gap during a crisis.

We are open!  Stop by 10 am - 2 pm for a visit!  ❤️
02/06/2021

We are open! Stop by 10 am - 2 pm for a visit! ❤️

We are open! Stop by 10 am - 2 pm for a visit! ❤️

Please stop by TOMORROW (2/6, 10 AM - 2 PM) for our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE!  See the schoolhouse and learn a...
02/05/2021

Please stop by TOMORROW (2/6, 10 AM - 2 PM) for our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE! See the schoolhouse and learn a little about its interesting history. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you tomorrow! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤

Please stop by TOMORROW (2/6, 10 AM - 2 PM) for our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE! See the schoolhouse and learn a little about its interesting history. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you tomorrow! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤

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02/04/2021

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YOU could be Ms. Beadle!  Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history?  We are looking f...
02/04/2021

YOU could be Ms. Beadle! Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history? We are looking for volunteers interested in helping us with our Schoolhouse 101 program, researching and developing our curriculum, or training to be one of our wonderful School "Teachers"! Contact us if you'd like to help! Together we can bring our little schoolhouse back to life, and share this wonderful piece of local and American history with the next generation! (Photo Credit: Little House on the Prairie) ❤

YOU could be Ms. Beadle! Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history? We are looking for volunteers interested in helping us with our Schoolhouse 101 program, researching and developing our curriculum, or training to be one of our wonderful School "Teachers"! Contact us if you'd like to help! Together we can bring our little schoolhouse back to life, and share this wonderful piece of local and American history with the next generation! (Photo Credit: Little House on the Prairie) ❤

YOU could be Ms. Beadle!  Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history?  We are looking f...
02/04/2021

YOU could be Ms. Beadle! Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history? We are looking for people interested in helping us with our Schoolhouse 101 program, researching and developing our curriculum, or training to be one of our wonderful School "Teachers"! Contact us if you'd like to help! Together we can bring our little schoolhouse back to life, and share this wonderful piece of local and American history with the next generation! (Photo Credit: Little House on the Prairie) ❤

YOU could be Ms. Beadle! Are you an educator (or retired educator), or someone interested in history? We are looking for people interested in helping us with our Schoolhouse 101 program, researching and developing our curriculum, or training to be one of our wonderful School "Teachers"! Contact us if you'd like to help! Together we can bring our little schoolhouse back to life, and share this wonderful piece of local and American history with the next generation! (Photo Credit: Little House on the Prairie) ❤

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02/04/2021

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The schoolhouse is ok!  A gas leak caused a major explosion just a few hundred yards down the road from the schoolhouse....
02/03/2021

The schoolhouse is ok! A gas leak caused a major explosion just a few hundred yards down the road from the schoolhouse. Close call but everything is fine. We’re sending our prayers for the workers who were injured responding to the blast, and hope any property loss is minor. Thanks to everyone who has reached out in concern. ❤️

Announcing our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE!  Please stop by this Saturday, February 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM to s...
02/03/2021

Announcing our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE! Please stop by this Saturday, February 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM to see the schoolhouse and learn about the interesting history of this charming little building which was once at the heart of our community. Get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you Saturday! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤

Announcing our FIRST SATURDAY OPEN (school) HOUSE! Please stop by this Saturday, February 6th between 10 AM - 2 PM to see the schoolhouse and learn about the interesting history of this charming little building which was once at the heart of our community. Get a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago. Masks are required while in the schoolhouse and social distancing will be enforced. See you Saturday! (No charge for admission, but donations are gratefully accepted.) ❤

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02/02/2021

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8511 Hooes Rd
Springfield, VA
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You have a beautiful schoolhouse! We have one, too! Your group is an inspiration!
Circa 1996
May I drop off today, Sunday?
Tues. Dec 5 at 7p.m. at Burke Centre Library will be the BHS next Research Seminar and will be the first of a four part series given by Beach Carre. These four sessions will explore the tools that can help your genealogical research: Census and land records, deeds and surveys, wills, probate, obituaries and vital records.Join us for any or all of the series.
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m.Burke Historical Society Meeting at Pohick Regional Library Jeanne Niccolls: “Ring Tournaments in Fairfax County” Historian Jeanne Niccolls discusses local chivalric tournaments which persisted into the 20th century.