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One-room schoolhouse near Sharpsburg being restored

September 01, 2011
  • This one-room schoolhouse on Bakersville Road near Sharpsburg is being restored. The schoolhouse was built in 1823, and originally was a church for the area's Methodist German Reformed and Lutheran congregations to share.
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SHARPSBURG — A 188-year-old one-room schoolhouse on Bakersville Road near Sharpsburg was dedicated Aug. 27, according to the Rev. John Torrence, pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Civil War-era schoolhouse is being restored with the help of community members. Bricks are being sold for $100 to help with the restoration. The bricks will be part of a brick walkway, and up to three lines can be inscribed on the bricks.

The schoolhouse was built in 1823, and originally was a church for the area’s Methodist German Reformed and Lutheran congregations to share.

A new church was built to house a growing congregation, and the stone church and land were donated to Washington County to be used as a school. It was used for that purpose until 1939. The school housed first through sixth grade, and Mary Thomas was one of the teachers.

The schoolhouse, Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brill Hall and a cemetery comprise the complex.

Torrence said the original building was one of the sites that housed soldiers wounded in the Battle of Antietam. President Abraham Lincoln is said to have visited the site when it was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

On Aug. 27, a monument was dedicated to those who lost their lives at Antietam and other Civil War battles.

The schoolhouse is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 304-725-0197.

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