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