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.
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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 constructed) until 1939 when the school closed. After the schoolhouse closed the Sydenstricker League continued to meet, and the school building continued to be used as a center for our rural community. The group rallied for local concerns including better roads and improved transportation to the local schools. In 1948 the Sydenstricker League reorganized themselves as the Upper Pohick Community League. The League purchased the schoolhouse at public auction in 1954. For many years it was the center of social activities in our area, including square dances, community suppers, and popular annual “Turkey Shoots”. During the 1950s the League sponsored a Boy and Girl Scout troop, as well as a “Litter Buggy” which collected trash from local roads. As local subdivisions sprung up in the 1960s and 70s, and the new neighborhoods formed their own neighborhood associations, the membership and activity of the UPCL waned. However, a small group continued to keep the UPCL alive for the sake of the historic one‐room schoolhouse. In recent years the League became primarily focused on the maintenance and preservation of the Schoolhouse, and its important place in our community. In 2014, Friends of Sydenstricker Schoolhouse, a 501(c)3, non‐profit charity, was organized to raise money to preserve and protect the schoolhouse. Without the financial burden of maintaining a nearly century old historic structure, the UPCL is finally able to return to their roots as a community focused organization. The organization has renewed its commitment to our local community, and is reaching out to our local schools, libraries and other organizations with support and appreciation. The UPCL is the oldest continually operating community association in Springfield, Virginia, and among the oldest in Fairfax County. Our membership is open to all. Please join us!

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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! ❤️

Three years ago today!  ❤️
03/21/2021

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)

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

Everybody loves the schoolhouse!!! ❤️

GOOD morning. ❤️
02/24/2021

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! ❤️

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.) ❤

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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 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) ❤

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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.) ❤

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02/02/2021

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Announcing our new program, SCHOOLHOUSE 101, being offered to homeschool groups and learning pods!  Have you ever wonder...
02/01/2021
Schoolhouse 101 Program

Announcing our new program, SCHOOLHOUSE 101, being offered to homeschool groups and learning pods! Have you ever wondered what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse? Visit our very own "time machine", and go back to a simpler era. Sit at vintage schoolhouse desks, and get a lesson from our very own “School Marm”. Hear the school bell ring, and see what children did at school every day. Visit our web-site or contact us for more information. ❤

Have you ever wondered what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse? Visit our very own "time machine", and go back to a simpler era. Sit at vintage schoolhouse desks, and get a lesson...

Snowy sunrise. Stay warm!  ❤️
01/31/2021

Snowy sunrise. Stay warm! ❤️

We were delighted to host Pack 1100 Wolf Den 10B yesterday at the schoolhouse, and appreciate them sharing these wonderf...
01/24/2021

We were delighted to host Pack 1100 Wolf Den 10B yesterday at the schoolhouse, and appreciate them sharing these wonderful photos with us. It’s such fun seeing the schoolhouse being used again by our community! That’s what it’s all about! THIS is what we’ve worked so hard for!! ❤️ (Check out that gorgeous natural light! They didn’t even need to turn the ceiling lights on!)

Sunday sunrise. ❤️
01/24/2021

Sunday sunrise. ❤️

01/19/2021

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President-elect Joe Biden will hold a lighting ceremony Tuesday evening, January 19th at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting...
01/19/2021

President-elect Joe Biden will hold a lighting ceremony Tuesday evening, January 19th at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington DC to honor those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. In a statement, the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited communities across the country to join DC in lighting up buildings and ringing bells in “a national moment of unity and remembrance.” If you live nearby, please step outside for a moment and listen for the bells at the schoolhouse at 5:30 pm. ❤️

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common, eve...
01/01/2021

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common, everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness – just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breathe it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy New Year, from all your friends at the Sydenstricker Schoolhouse. ❤️

It's not too late to drop off your letters to Santa!  Bring your mail to Santa's mailbox at the schoolhouse anytime befo...
12/23/2020

It's not too late to drop off your letters to Santa! Bring your mail to Santa's mailbox at the schoolhouse anytime before mid-nite Christmas Eve (when the mailbox will MAGICALLY disappear until next year)! If you include your address Santa promises to respond! (Although please remember that he's VERY busy right now, so your response may not arrive until after Christmas!) Happy Holidays, everyone! ❤

Winter afternoon. ❤️
12/11/2020

Winter afternoon. ❤️

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season.  We are so appreciative of your support this year.  ❤
12/11/2020
Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season. We are so appreciative of your support this year. ❤

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Friends of Sydenstricker Schoolhouse and the Upper Pohick Community League, we are writing to extend our sincere thanks for your support this year.  Despite the terrible crisis going on, it has proven to be a wonderful year for the schoolhouse. 

With the kids at home and the holidays upon us, wouldn't it be nice to get one of your chores checked off your to-do lis...
12/10/2020
Gift Wrapping at the Schoolhouse

With the kids at home and the holidays upon us, wouldn't it be nice to get one of your chores checked off your to-do list? Girl Scout senior troop 480 is offering a gift wrapping service at the schoolhouse. Make an appointment, no crowd, no lines! Wrapping paper provided (but bring your own boxes). Suggested donation $2-$3 per gift. Sign up here!

8511 Hooes Rd. Springfield, VA 22153 Let us wrap your gifts this holiday season!! With the kids at home and the craziness of the holidays upon us, wouldn't it be nice to get one of your huge chores checked off your list? Girl Scout senior troop 480 is offering gift wrapping right in your neighborhoo...

Sunset. ❤️
12/09/2020

Sunset. ❤️

Good morning!  ❤️
12/09/2020

Good morning! ❤️

Did you know that the ubiquitous Dixie Cup was the “Zoom” of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic?  The first disposable paper ...
12/03/2020

Did you know that the ubiquitous Dixie Cup was the “Zoom” of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic? The first disposable paper cup was invented in the early 1900s by Boston attorney Lawrence Luellen. It didn’t catch on until the flu pandemic struck, and the government outlawed the use of communal metal drinking cups known as “tin dippers”, which were commonplace in one-room schoolhouses such as ours. (Can you imagine an entire school of children and a teacher sharing one cup?) With the success of Dixie cups came other disposable products, such as Kleenex in 1924 and paper towels in 1931. Be safe, be healthy everyone! 😷

The next time you're at the schoolhouse visiting our Little Free Library or dropping off your letters to Santa, MAKE SUR...
12/03/2020

The next time you're at the schoolhouse visiting our Little Free Library or dropping off your letters to Santa, MAKE SURE to check out our beautiful new painted rock garden, courtesy of Brownie troop #52081. We love the cheerful touch they add to our Little Free Library! (Feel free to take a rock and leave it somewhere in the community for someone else to find... spread the joy!) ❤️

Have you dropped off your letter to Santa yet?  ❤️
12/02/2020

Have you dropped off your letter to Santa yet? ❤️

The letters for Santa are pouring in!  Don’t forget to drop off your letter, too!  (Include your address and we’re prett...
11/29/2020

The letters for Santa are pouring in! Don’t forget to drop off your letter, too! (Include your address and we’re pretty sure Santa will respond!). ❤️

Reflections. ❤️
11/29/2020

Reflections. ❤️

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8511 Hooes Rd
Springfield, VA
22153

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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.