Port Penn in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Port Penn Schoolhouse
Symbol of the Community
State Stewardship: Linking People, Culture and Environment
After operating the museum for fifteen years, the Port Penn Area Historical Society transferred the schoolhouse museum to the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1991. It now serves as the cornerstone of the Delaware Folklife Program's mission to document and interpret Delaware's local culture. Port Penn's marshland and ways of life remain a focus of the Division's interpretive programs.
Center Panel Eight grades of students attended classes in the two rooms of this school. The schoolhouse had a coal stove, outdoor privy and a well. Because of segregation, Port Penn's African-American children were educated in a separate school on Port Penn Road. After it closed in 1961, the building served for a time as a bait shop. In 1975, it reopened as the Port Penn museum, a symbol of the community's history and way of life.
Right Panel Built in 1856, this schoolhouse served to educate Port Penn's children until 1961. Now a State Parks interpretive center, it continues to teach people about the Port Penn community.
Location. 39° 31.048′ N, 75° 34.77′ W. Marker is in Port Penn, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Liberty Street, on the right when traveling west on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Penn DE 19731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cannery Lot (a few steps from this marker); Market Square (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stewart House (about 500 feet away); Floating Cabins and Skinning Shacks (about 600 feet away); Wetland Ways (about 700 feet away); The Hubbs House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cleaver House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Port Penn Front Range Light (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Penn.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Buildings •
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