Near Port Republic in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rural One-Room School During Segregation
—Calvert County — Port Republic —
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
Student Ann Cranford in the early 1930's, with supplies - some donated by companies - for free lunch programs.
The iron "chunk" stove provided the only source of heat. Boys gathered wood for the stove
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”.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 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); Turning Point (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 Prince Frederick Library “Firsts” (approx. 3.9 miles away); Panic in Prince Frederick (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Republic.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 919 times since then and 24 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.