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Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brookeville Schoolhouse

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
1. Brookeville Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription. The Brookville Schoolhouse sits upon land purchased for $300 in 1865, four years after the Maryland General Assembly established the Montgomery County public school system. At some subsequent point, the school began operation as a traditional one-room schoolhouse, a large room with two sizable windows on each side and an entry vestibule. An out-house originally was located next to the structure. This "public" school, which barred African Americans from attendance, was in continuous use until the 1920s when a new larger school was built. One of the school's early teachers was William H. Briggs, the son of Isaac Briggs, a famous land surveyor and prominent Brookeville resident.

The building was sold in 1926 and converted to a residence. It was eventually abandoned and began a long period of deterioration. The Brookeville Town Commissioners, concerned with the building's neglect and desiring to see it preserved and restored, initiated discussions with its new owner Dr. Howell J. Howard, Jr. and his attorney. Staff from the Maryland- National Capital Parks and Planning Commission assisted in these discussions. Dr. Howard decided to donate the building to the Town but unfortunately died before his intention could be implemented. Heirs to the Howard estate generously deeded the schoolhouse to the Town in 1997.

In accordance
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By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
2. Brookeville Schoolhouse Marker
with Dr. Howard's wishes and those of his heirs, the donation of the schoolhouse to the Town and its restoration is to honor the memory of his parents, Howell J. Howard Sr. and Consuelo Jones Howard and the entire Howard family's dedication to the improvement, education, and well being of African American children in Montgomery County and Washington D. C.

This historic preservation and restoration project has been made possible by the Town of Brookeville with the assistance of the State of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources and Program Open Space, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission's grants program, and private donations. Many volunteers have also contributed their time, talents and labor to the project.

Brookville Town Commissioners — 2005 — Richard S. Allan President • Michael J. Acierno • Robert K. Heritage • Susan J. Johnson Clerk Treasurer • Miche Booz Architect
 
Location. 39° 10.944′ N, 77° 3.581′ W. Marker is in Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In This House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct
Students at Brookeville Schoolhouse <br>(date unknown) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
3. Students at Brookeville Schoolhouse
(date unknown)
Close-up of photo on marker
line); Madison House (about 600 feet away); Bentley House (about 700 feet away); The Miller's Cottage (about 700 feet away); August 26, 1814 (about 700 feet away); Brookeville (about 700 feet away); Newlin’s Mill (about 800 feet away); Newlin’s Mill Millstone (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brookeville Schoolhouse. Town of Brookville. (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Brookeville does its history homework. by Terri Hogan, The Gazette, May 5, 2004, (Miche Booz). (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Brookeville Schoolhouse prior to restoration image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
4. Brookeville Schoolhouse prior to restoration
Close-up of photo on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
5. Brookeville Schoolhouse
Brookeville Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
6. Brookeville Schoolhouse
Brookeville Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
7. Brookeville Schoolhouse
(Circa 1865)
Historic Preservation Project
By
The Town of Brookeville
Architect - Miche Booz
Preservation Contractor - Walter Blank
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 5, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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