Port Penn Schoolhouse

Port Penn Schoolhouse (HM6PS)

Location: Port Penn, DE 19731 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 31.048', W 75° 34.77'

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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.
HM NumberHM6PS
Placed ByThe Village of Port Penn
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450187 N 4374363
Decimal Degrees39.51746667, -75.57950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.048', W 75° 34.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 2.88" N, 75° 34' 46.20" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 W Market St, Port Penn DE 19731, US
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