Garage sale to benefit historic schoolhouse

During a time when Pocopson Township’s renovations of the Barnard House stirred rancor as the costs to restore the early 1800s Underground Railroad stop kept rising, another historic renovation project progressed without making headlines.

A garage sale on Saturday, May 21, will benefit the restoration of the Locust Grove Schoolhouse in Pocopson Township.

A garage sale on Saturday, May 21, will benefit the restoration of the Locust Grove Schoolhouse in Pocopson Township.

Pocopson Township purchased the Locust Grove Schoolhouse, one of three one-room schoolhouses originally located in the township, in 2003 using state grant money. Since then, its preservation has been totally funded through grants and donations.

On Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Pocopson Township Historic Committee, a group that has stood firm in its resolve to avoid using township money on the renovations, is asking for support in another way. It will hold a garage sale to raise funds for the restoration of the schoolhouse, which is located at 525 Locust Grove Road, near Corinne Road.

During the past two years, a new heating and cooling system was added to the building, the ceiling was constructed, walls were repaired and re-plastered, and a chalk board was installed, according to a press release from the committee. The next project is replacing the floor, expected to cost approximately $10,000.

Once the floors are done, the first phase of the project will be completed, and area elementary classes can visit the schoolhouse. Students will be able to learn the rich history of the township by experiencing a day in the life of a student in the late 1800s.

The garage sale will be held at the schoolhouse and will include furniture, housewares, vinyl records, tools, sporting goods, toys, books, and collectibles. To learn more about the project as well as Pocopson history, visit www.locustgroveschoolhouse.org.

 

 

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