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!

Good Morning!  Please note that we have (TEMPORARILY!) suspended donation drop-off at the schoolhouse while we get ourse...
05/28/2020

Good Morning! Please note that we have (TEMPORARILY!) suspended donation drop-off at the schoolhouse while we get ourselves a little organized. (You can see a bit of the wonderful mess we're dealing with in this photo!) We are so grateful for the generous donations from our amazing community, and we'll let you know as soon as we can accept additional items. Please hold on to them for us!! Thank you! ❤️

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05/25/2020

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A huge thank you to everyone who has so generously dropped off donations in the last month or so.  The schoolhouse is br...
05/18/2020

A huge thank you to everyone who has so generously dropped off donations in the last month or so. The schoolhouse is brimming over! We are temporarily suspending donation drop-off until we've had a chance to process the donations we've received and clear more space. Please contact us directly if you have a donation you REALLY need out of your house (and we'll try to accommodate you)… otherwise please hold on to all those goodies, and we'll let you know when we can accept additional donations. (Soon!) Thank you!

Sending love and support to our wonderful neighbors at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, and appreciating all the a...
05/12/2020

Sending love and support to our wonderful neighbors at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, and appreciating all the amazing things they do for our little community. ❤️

Are you, or is someone you know, experience scarcity during this difficult time? SUMC has set out Blessing Boxes at the church entrance closest to the circle, from which individuals and families can pick up non-perishable food and some non-food items such as toiletries and infant food. The Blessing Boxes are accessible any time, so come when it is convenient for you.

Our Little Free Library is NEVER closed!  Please bring your family to take a few books, or drop a few books off for othe...
05/07/2020

Our Little Free Library is NEVER closed! Please bring your family to take a few books, or drop a few books off for other readers. We're checking and restocking almost every day! (And also make sure to visit the Little Free Library at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church, directly across the street!) ❤️

Just a pretty picture to brighten your day.  ❤️  (Photo taken pre-restoration.  We've come a LONG way!!)
04/28/2020

Just a pretty picture to brighten your day. ❤️ (Photo taken pre-restoration. We've come a LONG way!!)

What an awesome community we have!!  ❤️
04/24/2020

What an awesome community we have!! ❤️

04/21/2020
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church

Enjoy Pastor Don's morning reflection at the schoolhouse earlier today! We love our little community. ❤️

Pastor Don tells the TOT students about the Little Red School House across the street from the church.

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04/20/2020

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Contact us if you have items you’d like to donate for our future yard sales.  We are working hard to process all the won...
04/15/2020

Contact us if you have items you’d like to donate for our future yard sales. We are working hard to process all the wonderful donations that have been coming in, and we so appreciate your support! Thank you!! ❤️

Happy Easter!!  If you need any last minute egg hunting supplies, we’ve still got some plastic eggs, grass and basket fi...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter!! If you need any last minute egg hunting supplies, we’ve still got some plastic eggs, grass and basket fillers! Stop by the schoolhouse anytime today and take whatever you need from the plastic bin on our front stoop! ❤️ (Please share!!)

Neighbors! We have lots and lots of plastic Easter eggs and grass if anyone needs them. (They were donated to us, but since our yard sale is so far off we thought we'd offer them to the community in case anyone could use them.) We'll leave them out on the schoolhouse steps (in a big clear plastic bin) today and tomorrow or until they are gone. Feel free to stop by and pick up what you need. Spread the word! ❤️ 🐣 ❤️

Neighbors!  We have lots and lots of plastic Easter eggs and grass if anyone needs them.  (They were donated to us, but ...
04/10/2020

Neighbors! We have lots and lots of plastic Easter eggs and grass if anyone needs them. (They were donated to us, but since our yard sale is so far off we thought we'd offer them to the community in case anyone could use them.) We'll leave them out on the schoolhouse steps (in a big clear plastic bin) today and tomorrow or until they are gone. Feel free to stop by and pick up what you need. Spread the word! ❤️ 🐣 ❤️

Many thanks to everyone for the donations over the last few days!  We are, quite literally, overwhelmed by your generosi...
04/09/2020

Many thanks to everyone for the donations over the last few days! We are, quite literally, overwhelmed by your generosity! We'd like to request that everyone hold off on making donations right now while we process the items we've received. (We only have very limited space in a tiny one-room schoolhouse!) When we are ready to accept donations again (soon!) we'll let you know! (In the mean-time, keep up your spring cleaning, and save your items to be donated later!) THANK YOU NEIGHBORS!!!

We are feeling SO much love from our incredible community!  Just a few hours after we posted that we were still acceptin...
04/07/2020

We are feeling SO much love from our incredible community! Just a few hours after we posted that we were still accepting donations yesterday, our front steps looked like this! Keep it coming! We appreciate it so much!! ❤️❤️❤️

Local friends and neighbors - We are continuing to accept donations for our (future TBD) yard sales, while maintaining s...
04/06/2020

Local friends and neighbors - We are continuing to accept donations for our (future TBD) yard sales, while maintaining strict guidelines for social distancing and proper cleaning and sanitizing. If you have items you'd like to donate (household items, clothing, small furniture, toys, books, appliances, etc.), it's simple! Drop them off at your convenience on the front steps of the schoolhouse (under the overhang), and just PM us and we'll send you a receipt! Thanks for your continuing support during this difficult time. We are so appreciative!

No doubt that spring has sprung at the schoolhouse!  ❤️
04/04/2020

No doubt that spring has sprung at the schoolhouse! ❤️

We are still accepting donations for our (future TBD) yard sales, while maintaining strict guidelines for social distanc...
03/29/2020

We are still accepting donations for our (future TBD) yard sales, while maintaining strict guidelines for social distancing and proper cleaning and sanitizing. If you have items you'd like to donate (household items, clothing, small furniture, toys, books, appliances, etc.), it's simple! Drop them off at your convenience on the front steps of the schoolhouse (under the overhang), and just PM us and we'll send you a receipt! Thanks for your continuing support during this difficult time.

03/28/2020
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church

Friends and Neighbors - The Sydenstricker United Methodist Church Food Corner and Blessing Boxes are struggling to stay afloat now that the food banks have all closed. The church is dedicated to helping families facing economic insecurity right here in our community. There are 15-20 families who come weekly for food, and now the numbers are increasing with the pandemic and loss of jobs. Please consider dropping off unused toiletries or non-expired shelf-safe food in the basket labeled “Food Corner”’under the covered walkway at the church. (8505 Hooes, across the street from the schoolhouse). The Blessing Boxes are large Tupperware containers in front of the main entrance in the circle. Please help, if you can. ❤️

The Food Corner is Christ's love in action.

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03/27/2020

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A little schoolhouse loveliness to brighten your morning. Stray strong, folks. ❤️
03/25/2020

A little schoolhouse loveliness to brighten your morning. Stray strong, folks. ❤️

03/22/2020
Complete Schoolhouse Rock Series @ SchoolhouseRockTV1

Well of course we have to share this!!! ❤️

Schoolhouse Rock! SERIES - Multiplication Rock - Grammar Rock - Science Rock - America Rock - Money Rock - Earth Rock Schoolhouse Rock! was an American progr...

Good morning!  During this time of turmoil, it’s nice to know that some things stay the same. Be safe, happy and healthy...
03/20/2020

Good morning! During this time of turmoil, it’s nice to know that some things stay the same. Be safe, happy and healthy. We will get through this. ❤️

It seems that many of you are staying home and cleaning out your houses!  We are so appreciative of all the wonderful do...
03/16/2020

It seems that many of you are staying home and cleaning out your houses! We are so appreciative of all the wonderful donations over the past few days. Please keep them coming! Contact us to arrange a drop-off at your convenience (and with as much social distancing as you’d like). Thank you!! ❤️

We are now accepting donations for our upcoming spring YARD SALES!  Contact us (PM or e-mail info@sydenstrickerschoolhou...
03/10/2020

We are now accepting donations for our upcoming spring YARD SALES! Contact us (PM or e-mail [email protected]) to arrange a time to drop off items at a convenient time for you. As always, receipts will be provided for your tax deductible donations. Thanks for your support!! ❤️

Did you know that we raise much of the funds we use to renovate the schoolhouse through our Craig's List sales?  We have...
02/24/2020

Did you know that we raise much of the funds we use to renovate the schoolhouse through our Craig's List sales? We have some really cool things for sale, like these vintage school maps (not the right time period for a one-room schoolhouse though) of Europe and the United States, selling for just $50 each. Interested? Contact us! Or to view our other items, visit Craigslist.com, and search "SYDENSTRICKER". Thanks for your support!

Sunrise. ❤️
02/10/2020

Sunrise. ❤️

01/30/2020

140 years ago Thomas Edison received a patent for the lightbulb...but we wouldn’t get electricity at the schoolhouse until 1957! This year we’ll rip out all that old wiring and completely update our electrical system to make the schoolhouse safer and more user friendly! Consider a donation to help us with the import project!

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia!  Civil War veteran Barney Deavers (1843-1910, who is buried in the neighboring Syde...
01/15/2020

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia! Civil War veteran Barney Deavers (1843-1910, who is buried in the neighboring Sydenstricker Church Cemetery) donated the land that the schoolhouse sits on around 1897. During the war he served under Colonel Arthur Herbert in the 17th Virginia Infantry (Fairfax Rifles). Arthur Herbert was a founder of Burke & Herbert Bank! (Left: Barney Deavers grave, Right: Col. Arthur Herbert)

A great photo of Sydenstricker Church historian, Annette Tison (left) and Sydenstricker Schoolhouse historian, Lisa Frie...
01/14/2020

A great photo of Sydenstricker Church historian, Annette Tison (left) and Sydenstricker Schoolhouse historian, Lisa Friedrich Becker (right) before their joint lecture last Saturday for the Daughter's of the American Revolution - Anna Maria Fitzhugh chapter. Annette and Lisa have put together a fascinating lecture on the history of the Sydenstricker community, which stretches back more than 120 years! Contact us if you’d like more information.

New Year, new project!  Today we are so grateful for beautiful weather, and our intrepid Scouts for laying new gravel in...
01/11/2020

New Year, new project! Today we are so grateful for beautiful weather, and our intrepid Scouts for laying new gravel in our parking lot!! ❤️

Beautiful winter sunrise at the schoolhouse. For a moment it was like we had stained glass windows. ❤️
12/22/2019

Beautiful winter sunrise at the schoolhouse. For a moment it was like we had stained glass windows. ❤️

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP this weekend, but we’re not done yet!  Don’t miss out on last ...
12/16/2019

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP this weekend, but we’re not done yet! Don’t miss out on last minute holiday shopping, now through December 23rd, by appointment at your convenience! Contact us to set up a time to stop by! ❤️

THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to shop at our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP today!  We’ll be open again tomorrow from 11 am ...
12/15/2019

THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to shop at our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP today! We’ll be open again tomorrow from 11 am - 1 pm! Hope to see you tomorrow!

Our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP is in full-swing, and we'll be open THIS SATURDAY (2-4 PM) AND SUNDAY (11 AM - 1 PM)!  Shop for ...
12/13/2019

Our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP is in full-swing, and we'll be open THIS SATURDAY (2-4 PM) AND SUNDAY (11 AM - 1 PM)! Shop for all your holiday needs at incredible prices...and learn about the fascinating history of our community. Come to shop, or just stop by to see the schoolhouse decorated for the holidays! Bring your family, friends and neighbors!

Our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP is in full swing, with great new holiday items being donated almost every day!  Make your appoin...
12/11/2019

Our HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP is in full swing, with great new holiday items being donated almost every day! Make your appointment today to visit and shop!

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8511 Hooes Rd
Springfield, VA
22153

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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.