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image of Drayden African American School House
image side view of Drayden African American School House


  Drayden African-American Schoolhouse
c. 1890
Drayden, Maryland


The Drayden African-American Schoolhouse is located on its original site on Cherryfield Road in Drayden, Maryland. The schoolhouse is a frame building with its foundation resting on tree trunks. This style of construction has been popular throughout Southern Maryland since the time of the arrival of the first Europeans.

Acquired by St. Mary’s County Government in 2000, this site has been designated as an important and significant symbol of education in St. Mary’s County and in the African Drayden Schoolhouse

American community to be preserved and interpreted within the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The schoolhouse has been preserved and is stabilized through regular maintenance. Although this site is not open to the public it does offer exterior interpretive panels for the passerby to read and there are tours that are available by pre-arrangement. Those interested in a pre-arranged tour should call the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park site supervisor April Havens at 301-994-1471.

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