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!

Operating as usual

"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. ❤️

We love putting our “Schoolhouse” tree up every year, which includes ornaments with photos of other Fairfax County schoo...
11/28/2020

We love putting our “Schoolhouse” tree up every year, which includes ornaments with photos of other Fairfax County schoolhouse, many which sadly no longer exist. It’s a good time to be reminded of the past, as we push forward into a bright new future. ❤️

Spread the word!  Santa has a mailbox at the Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse!  The elves will be collecting mail and ...
11/27/2020

Spread the word! Santa has a mailbox at the Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse! The elves will be collecting mail and delivering it directly to the North Pole starting TODAY through Christmas Eve. (And here’s a tip: If you include your address you might just get a response!) Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We will have a very exciting announcement tomorrow, so please make sure to ...
11/27/2020

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We will have a very exciting announcement tomorrow, so please make sure to check back here for news!!

Thanksgiving morning.  Wishing you peace today and always.  ❤️
11/26/2020

Thanksgiving morning. Wishing you peace today and always. ❤️

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11/25/2020

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Working late tonight getting the schoolhouse ready for the holidays!  ❤️
11/23/2020

Working late tonight getting the schoolhouse ready for the holidays! ❤️

Getting ready...  ❤️
11/21/2020

Getting ready... ❤️

UPDATE!  WE ARE FULLY BOOKED!  THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!!  Wouldn't it be great if there was a safe, beautiful alternati...
11/18/2020

UPDATE! WE ARE FULLY BOOKED! THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!! Wouldn't it be great if there was a safe, beautiful alternative to Santa photos this year? There is, right here in our community! Take your holiday photos at the beautifully restored Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse! Enjoy the simple beauty of the schoolhouse decked out for the holidays, learn a little about its interesting history, and take your OWN photographs (or bring a photographer to take photos for you). Well-behaved pets, children and families welcome!

- We are offering 30 minute visits, FREE (but donations gratefully accepted)! All donations help us continue our restoration work at the schoolhouse.
- Appointments scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 AM, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Appointments are spaced so the building can be thoroughly aired out, cleaned and sanitized between visits.)

- Feel free to bring your own props or costumes for photos! (Consider vintage outfits, your holiday finest, or even a Santa suit! Be creative and have some fun with it!)
- Photos may be taken indoors or outside in front of the schoolhouse.
- Masks are required in the schoolhouse unless photos are being taken. Please cancel if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Contact us if you'd like to set up an appointment at another time and we will try to accommodate you.
- Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054da8ad2aa1fb6-fall2

11/16/2020
Watch Country School: One Room - One Nation Online | Vimeo On Demand

SAVE THE DATE! On November 22nd (3 PM), tune in for a free screening of the award winning film "Country School: One Room - One Nation", at the Fourth Wall Films page (https://www.facebook.com/Fourth-Wall-Films-173844695995934). A LIVE Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Click on the link below to view the trailer. ❤️

From immigration issues in early schools to the controversial demise of their widespread use in the 1950s and 1960s, “Country School” combines visually…

The schoolhouse is slowly coming back together after our big restoration project.  Isn't she beautiful?  ❤️
11/16/2020

The schoolhouse is slowly coming back together after our big restoration project. Isn't she beautiful? ❤️

Many thanks to Pack 1100 Wolf Den 10 and Lion Den 5 for hauling TWO TONS of rocks yesterday to create a border around th...
11/15/2020

Many thanks to Pack 1100 Wolf Den 10 and Lion Den 5 for hauling TWO TONS of rocks yesterday to create a border around the schoolhouse (which is both attractive and practical for drainage). We are so grateful for the hard work of these little guys and their families!

Good morning!  ❤️
11/14/2020

Good morning! ❤️

Our thanks and gratitude to all who have served.  Remembering so many who have given so much on this Veterans Day, and a...
11/11/2020

Our thanks and gratitude to all who have served. Remembering so many who have given so much on this Veterans Day, and always.

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11/05/2020

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Pastor Don had a sighting of the elusive Sydenstricker Gnome (AKA Ron Edwards) yesterday at the School House!

Many thanks to Ron, who spent his afternoon working on the church grounds.

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”- J...
11/03/2020

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.”

- John Lewis, late civil rights activist and member of the US House of Representatives for Georgia

(PLEASE VOTE!)

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse's cover photo
11/03/2020

The Historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse's cover photo

Seems like there's always something happening at the schoolhouse these days (which is a very good thing)!  This morning ...
11/02/2020

Seems like there's always something happening at the schoolhouse these days (which is a very good thing)! This morning our friends at the Rock, Stone & Sand Yard (in Lorton) dropped by to donate TWO TONS of rocks to be laid around the perimeter of the schoolhouse. The rocks will be spread by a local scout group, and will greatly improve the overall appearance or our landscaping AND help us with drainage.

Thank you to Dayton, his family and friends for a fabulous job painting the interior of the schoolhouse today!  We are s...
10/31/2020

Thank you to Dayton, his family and friends for a fabulous job painting the interior of the schoolhouse today! We are so appreciative! It looks amazing!!! ❤️

Scouts at work painting that morning!
10/31/2020

Scouts at work painting that morning!

Our Scouts were hard at work this afternoon cleaning and prepping the schoolhouse for painting tomorrow!
10/30/2020

Our Scouts were hard at work this afternoon cleaning and prepping the schoolhouse for painting tomorrow!

Schoolhouse welcoming committee. ❤️
10/28/2020

Schoolhouse welcoming committee. ❤️

Now you see it, now you don’t!!  Our ugly (but necessary!) electric panel is now neatly hidden in a beautiful (and usefu...
10/25/2020

Now you see it, now you don’t!! Our ugly (but necessary!) electric panel is now neatly hidden in a beautiful (and useful!) closet, paneled in beadboard to match our original walls. When it’s painted it should pretty much blend right in! Next weekend we’ll wrap up the painting. We’re almost there! So excited!! ❤️

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8511 Hooes Rd
Springfield, VA
22153

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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.