The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse was built in Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia in 1928. Once the center of education and social activities in our community, the schoolhouse now stands as a reminder of a past era, and a testament to the many generations of people that have loved, cared for and preserved the building over the years. What’s really special about this place isn’t just that it is a 90 year old historic schoolhouse, but that after all these years it is still a living, breathing, thriving community center. Its function and role in our community has changed through the years, but its value to our community has not diminished.
The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse is the last remaining example of an early 20th century one-room schoolhouse in Fairfax County in nearly original condition and still on its original site. Except for a few minor changes, the building remains architecturally and structurally intact. It was the last one-room schoolhouse in the county built prior to consolidation, and when it closed in 1939 it was among the last operating one-room schoolhouses in Fairfax County. The schoolhouse has been owned and maintained by the Upper Pohick Community League since they purchased it from the Fairfax County School District in 1954.
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If you know anyone who attended the Sydenstricker Schoolhouse or were early members of the Upper Pohick Community League, please let us know. We are always looking for photographs and historical documents that will help us tell the story of the schoolhouse and the people who have been part of its history.
We are pleased to offer the use of the schoolhouse to non-profit community organizations for meetings (not to exceed 3 hours per use) at no charge. If you are interested in using the schoolhouse for a meeting, lecture, photo-shoot or other activity, please contact us. The building has no heating or cooling, no running water, and no bathroom facilities. Visit our Photo Gallery to see images of some recent events held at the schoolhouse.
We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us with various activities at the schoolhouse, or those who are looking for Scout or Community Service projects. Please contact us for more information.
SYDENSTRICKER - Did you know?
The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse was named in honor of the Reverend Christopher Sydenstricker, who founded the neighboring Sydenstricker Chapel, built in 1911. Sydenstricker was the uncle of the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author, Pearl Sydenstricker Buck.