When I first moved to Springfield I obtained an 1870-something map of Fairfax County and noted that there was a schoolhouse located at the spot our little red schoolhouse is at, and made the mistake of thinking that it dated from that period. Nope.
The little red schoolhouse - formally, The Sydenstricker Schoolhouse - actually sits on Hooes Road (according to oldtimers in town, it's properly pronounced "hoes," not "whose") near the Sydenstricker-Hooes intersection, and was built in 1928. So think of the Little Rascals and Miss Crabtree - it's from that era. It closed in 1939. It's about a mile from where I live.
Above: It's not really as forlorn as spot as this image suggests!
Above: The classic little nostalgic schoolhouse entrance.
The schoolhouse is owned and maintained by the Upper Pohick Community League. From their Facebook page:
The UPCL sometimes holds yard sales here to raise money for the building's maintenance.
Back in 2006 I had a very Virginian experience in this room: I gave a slideshow lecture to UPCL members about the Legend and True History of Northern Virginia's Famous "Bunny Man." It was based on work Brian Conley did which I supplemented with recorded interviews with the people involved in the incident.
Above: The schoolhouse is across the street from the modern Sydenstricker United Methodist Church building - which will be the subject of its own blog entry soon...
The UPCL puts on sales at the site to raise money for maintenance; my video.
The schoolhouse is on the U.S. Park Service's National Register of Historic Places.