Sturgis One Room School Museum
The Sturgis One Room School Museum is located in downtown Pocomoke City, Maryland at 209 Willow Street, and is a historic school room. It is the only African American one room school house left in Worcester County. The museum strives to illustrate how education was conducted in the early 20th century. The Sturgis One Room School Museum was once used a school room from 1900 to 1937 until it turned into a museum. If you are ever in the town of Pocomoke City, Maryland it would not hurt to stop by the Sturgis One Room School Museum to take a look back on the African Amercan history on the Eastern Shore.
Backstory and Context
After the school closed down, William Sturgis actually resided on Brantley Road in the school house. He was the only resident of this house. After Mr Sturgis died, the building remained empty and fell into disrepair. As one could think, when one elderly person lives in a house alone the house is not kept up to maintenance and may loose some of its structure. Therefore, the house was bought and was taken into great hands.
In 1996, a group of people with the Worcester County Historical Society purchased the school from the Sturgis family and decided that Sturgis One Room School House should be moved to downtown Pocomoke City, where it still sits to this day. This allowed for residents of Pocomoke City to see a historical building in their town and give a slight back story to the years of 1900. Restoration of the school is ongoing, and has been made possible through funds from the city, Worcester County, and personal contributions. If ever in the town of Pocomoke City, it would not hurt to stop by and visit Stugis' One Room School House to see what a school would have been like in the 1900s.