Near Port Republic in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rural One-Room School During Segregation
— Calvert County — Port Republic —
Port Republic School #7 was built on this site around 1870 and remained in continuous use until it was closed in 1932. This school is from a time when free public education for all was a new concept in post-Civil War America.
This schoolhouse served to educate white children in grades 1 - 7, all in the same classroom, usually with only one teacher providing instruction in all subject areas. In addition to the "3R's" (reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic) rural one-room school teachers also taught science, geography and history.
One room schools were located throughout the county so that no child would have to walk more than three miles to school. Only as roads improved in Calvert County did centralized schools begin to be built, and children were then transported by bus to Prince Frederick.
In 1976, the Calvert Retired Teachers Association restored the one-room school as a Bicentennial project and they continue to run the educational programs that are available to all schools. It is open to the public on designated days and by appointment.
Captions in Lower Left-Hand Corner of Marker
The iron "chunk" stove provided the only source of heat. Boys gathered wood for the stove from the shed nearby.
There was no electricity and water was carried from a neary spring.
Two outhouses were the only toilet facilities.
Class photos show the Port Republic School #7 in the 1910's and 1920's.
Erected by Southern Maryland Heritage Partnership “Where Time and Tide Meet”.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 38° 29.716′ N, 76° 32.214′ W. Marker is near Port Republic, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Broomes Island Road (Maryland Route 264) 0.4 miles south of Solomons Island Road (Maryland Route 2), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3070 Broome Island Rd, Port Republic MD 20676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. One-Room School (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veitch’s Cove (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Garden of Remembrance (approx. 2.3 miles away); Turning Point The St. Leonard Polling House (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Leonard Polling House and Garden of Remembrance (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Republic.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,064 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on June 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 6, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on June 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.